She was born May 26, 1936 to William C. Fine and Ella Veloris (Smith) Fine in Wichita, Kansas. She was an only child. She grew up in Iola, Kansas, where she attended school until they moved to Leadville, Colorado where she finished her schooling. After graduating high school her family moved to Moab in the early 1950s. Shirley worked as a telephone operator for Midland Telephone Company. She later met and married her lifetime partner, Ken, on June 2, 1961. After starting their family Shirley left the job she loved, dedicating herself to being a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.
She enjoyed sewing, making most of her children’s clothing. Other interests included crocheting, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Browsing in antique shops and traveling brought her much joy. Shirley also was an animal lover. She and dad always had pets, even adding new ones up until the time of her death. Bowling was the focus and the family life, serving as both business and pleasure. Many happy memories were built around the tournaments that they participated in. Hospitality was another one of her gifts; her home was open to everyone, and many Thanksgiving dinners found new and old friends gathered around the table. Shirley thoroughly loved being a mom and mentor; she loved her children completely and unconditionally. She held a special place in her heart for her first-born Bobby, always advocating and supporting him without fail. Our loss is deep and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her children and grandson. Thank You, Mom for being mother, grandmother and friend. Throughout her life, though Shirley had many challenges and hardships, she faced each with remarkable courage and strength and always with her beautiful smile and gentle spirit.
Shirley is survived by her children, Bobby, Kerrie, Paula and grandson Brandon, sister-in-law Janet (Jeff) Jones and many nieces and nephews, cousins and an aunt and uncle.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Ken of 55 years, her parents William C. and Ella Veloris Fine, and many aunts and uncles and one niece.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Shirley Bertwell’s name to Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, 84741, or to Moab Animal Shelter, 965 Sand Flats Road, Moab, Utah, 84532.
At Shirley’s request, cremation has taken place and services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at Spanish Valley Mortuary, with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com.