Shirley Walker

Shirley J. Walker

Friday, February 3rd, 1933 - Saturday, May 18th, 2019
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Shirley J. Walker

Shirley J. Walker, 86, of Gothenburg, died May 18, 2019 in Gothenburg, NE.
She was born February 3, 1933 in Seward, NE daughter of Edward and Emma (Cordes) Buehrer. One of her childhood memories was when her folks bought her a bike to try and get her out of the house since she was quite a bookworm. Her family moved around a lot, they lived in many places but the place she remembered the most was "The Sioux Army Depot". She graduated from High School in 1951 and in 1953 was honored to be crowned as the Queen of the Fort Sidney Days. Shirley was brought up in the Lutheran Church but later in life when she moved to Gothenburg, where she attended the E-Free Church and helped out with AWANAs.
Shirley married Ivan A. Walker on July 31, 1953 and they made their home south of Sidney on a farm where they raised their three children. She was a busy homemaker and farmer's wife, bringing lunches to Ivan in the field and donning overalls to help with the pigs. Shirley and Ivan enjoyed playing cards, dancing and playing golf later in life. Playing scrabble brought her so much joy, especially when she would beat you. She also enjoyed playing board games with her family.
Shirley was famous for her homemade pizza and chocolate chip cinnamon rolls. Collecting Beany Babies was a passion but she ended up giving most of them away to "grands" and charities. You could find Shirley crocheting baby blankets for grands and afghans for family members. After the passing of Ivan in 2000, she moved to Gothenburg to be closer to her family. She acquired the name "Grandma Shirley" when helping Janet's kindergarten students learning to read. She enjoyed bringing them stickers and orange cuties; riding her three-wheeled bike around the neighborhood; having popcorn and treats whether with apples, chocolate malts or wine, was something she loved.
Shirley had a sassy personality, a great sense of humor and a distinctive contagious laugh. One time in the movie theater, she was laughing and the next day a friend asked her daughter "was your mom at the movie last night, I recognized her laugh". Because Shirley loved to visit with others, her family thought she should be a Walmart greeter - but then joked that nobody would ever get any shopping done. She was very proud of being a breast cancer survivor and participating in the Relay for Life event and the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure. But what she loved the most was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Upon entering Heaven, meeting Jesus and reuniting with her one and only love, Ivan, she will greet them with a wave of her dish towel and a great loud "yoo-hoo" I'm Home!
Survivors include her children - son, Steven (Shannon) Walker of Clinton, WA; two daughters, Janet (Randy) Evans of Loveland, CO, Judy Madden of Alma, NE; ten grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, brother Jerome (Suszi) Buehrer of Sidney, NE; along with many extended family and friends.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Emma; her husband Ivan; and three brothers - Grant, Gene and Dale.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, NE; Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm with the family present.
Graveside Services will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Greenwood Cemetery, 2 Greenwood Rd, Sidney, NE. There will be no visitation in Sidney. You may view Shirley’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is assisting with Shirley’s care and funeral arrangements.
Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Meals on Wheels, or the Backpack program for Dudley Elementary, c/o Janet Evans, 3656 Como Court, Loveland, CO 80538.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, NE
  • Service

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Greenwood Cemetery
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    530 Greenwood Rd.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Matthew & Lenore Buehrer, Dan and Leslie Bagley sent flowers to the family of Shirley J. Walker.
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Kelly Anderson (Houser)

Posted at 04:33pm
My deepest sympathy to the family of Shirley Walker. I remember how much joy she had in her children and I loved being around her at all the events at Lorenzo School. Your mom always treated me as one of her own, and my thoughts are with you Janet. I am sorry for your loss. Best wishes. Kelly Anderson (Houser)

Matthew Buehrer

Posted at 01:21pm
Aunt Shirley's laugh, her great stories and amazing home-cooked meals will always be remembered. We wish we could be there to share the memories with family and friends.
Matthew & Lenore Buehrer

Matthew & Lenore Buehrer, Dan and Leslie Bagley

Posted at 12:37pm
Our condolences to the Walker family. You are in our hearts and thoughts. Sending our love.
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Dan Bagley

Posted at 01:11am
I so remember Aunt Shirley’s laugh and the warmth of her home. Leslie Bagley new Buehrer (Gene’s daughter)


Posted at 01:07am
Dear family of Shirley J. Walker. I am so very sorry for your loss. To lose a loved one in death is hard. During this difficult time, l hope your family can find comfort in God’s word the Bible that says “soon we will see our loved ones again.” (John 5:28,29)

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