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Shirley June (Yarnell) Shenk, 91, of Kreamer, passed peacefully on Sept. 29, 2017, while visiting her son and family in Massachusetts.

Shirley lived a long and full life and enjoyed her last week visiting with family, doing crosswords and jigsaw puzzles, watching Penn State beat Iowa, going to a yoga class and a historical society presentation and sitting on the front porch enjoying the changing foliage in New England.

Shirley was born on June 14, 1926, to Edward and Mary (Hummel) Yarnell in Lewistown. She attended Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and worked most recently as an administrative assistant in the Midd-West School District offices.

She married Jay Richard Shenk in 1949 and had many adventures throughout his career as a minister, which led them to move 14 times throughout the eastern United States and Puerto Rico. Her true home base was Kreamer, where she lived in her family home for the past 50 years.

Shirley is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Jay Richard Shenk; her parents, Edward and Mary Yarnell; and her brother, Edward Yarnell.

She leaves her three loving sons, Jay Shenk and his wife Jennifer, of Princeton, Mass., Timothy Shenk and his wife Donna, of Granby, Colo., and Jonathan Shenk and his fiancé Lenie Krauter, of Tucson, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren, Stephan Shenk, Jay Marshall Shenk, Jane (Shenk) Macdonald, Maxwell Shenk, Daniel Shenk, Abigail Shenk, Shirley Vivian Shenk, Adam Shenk, Jonathan Shenk, Elissa Shenk, Erin Shenk, and Jeovani Shenk; and two great-grandchildren, Nixie Macdonald and Brodey Shenk.
Shirley will be missed by her sister-in-law, Elsie Yarnell; and nephews and niece, Edward Yarnell, Kenneth Yarnell and Nathalie Yarnell Gilbert; as well as close friends, Jack and Pat Snook, Bill and Betty Marlow, Phyllis Bilger, Linda Fisher, John Devine, and many others.

A service in celebration of Shirley's life will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at the NEW location for Christ United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove. The new location, at 145 Disciple Drive, Selinsgrove, PA 17870; (570) 374-8539, is right off Route 522, up the hill behind Amato's restaurant.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at approximately 3:15. The family will be at the church prior to the service, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. to meet and greet Shirley's friends and relatives personally.

Memorial contributions in Shirley's name can be made to the church's Mission Trip Fund, a cause Shirley believed in. This fund pays for church members to visit places struck by natural disasters, such as Texas or Puerto Rico (where Shirley lived for four years), helping residents rebuild their buildings, homes, and lives.

Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.
Published on October 4, 2017
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