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Shirlene LaRae Summers

September 29, 1941 - January 2, 2018

Obituary


Shirlene "Kelly" LaRae Summers

Born on September 29, 1941, Shirlene passed away from complications of Alzheimer's Disease on January 2, 2018, at the age of 76. She was preceded in death by her father Shirley Lewis Weeks, mother Ruby Mott-Weeks, daughter Andrea Vanderschel, granddaughter Shannah Vanderschel, great-grandson Andrew Westling, and brothers Shirley Weeks and John Young.

She is survived by her son Troy Vanderschel and his wife Diana, daughter DeLana Rice and her wife Raquel, and daughter Stacie Grimm and her husband Kevin, along with grandchildren Tom, Andrea, John III, Christa, Isaac, Rubie,...

Shirlene "Kelly" LaRae Summers

Born on September 29, 1941, Shirlene passed away from complications of Alzheimer's Disease on January 2, 2018, at the age of 76. She was preceded in death by her father Shirley Lewis Weeks, mother Ruby Mott-Weeks, daughter Andrea Vanderschel, granddaughter Shannah Vanderschel, great-grandson Andrew Westling, and brothers Shirley Weeks and John Young.

She is survived by her son Troy Vanderschel and his wife Diana, daughter DeLana Rice and her wife Raquel, and daughter Stacie Grimm and her husband Kevin, along with grandchildren Tom, Andrea, John III, Christa, Isaac, Rubie, great-grandsons John IV and Troy, and brother Derrell Weeks and wife Judy.

Her friends and family called her "Kelly" because of her love of Emmett Kelly, and her collection of sad clowns. She had a deep appreciation for mountain climbers and was honored to work for world renowned mountaineer Pete Schoening at ChemGrate.

Shirlene had a love of music and dancing, and loved a good "hat party". She would disco the night away to Donna Summer, grooved to Joe Cocker, cried to Song of Bernadette, sailed to Crosby, Stills & Nash, and celebrated with "In the Garden". She loved gardenias and stargazer lilies, her favorite color was lavender and her favorite Bible verses were -

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Genesis 31:49 - and Mizpah; for He said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.

She was a hard worker who strived to raise her three children as a single mom. She grew up in Utah, married a tall, handsome Navy man, Jon "Andy" Vanderschel, in 1959, when she was 18 and they moved to San Diego to start their family. They were transferred to Oak Harbor, WA, in 1966, where their marriage ended and Shirlene started her life with her three children.

Shirlene was not afraid of working hard and held several different jobs including: retired park ranger, Winchell's Donut manager, Herfey's Hamburgers manager, Denny's manager, she also managed the Enlisted Mens Club, the golf course restaurant and the bowling alley cafeteria, all on the Oak Harbor Navy base, Stokley's canary, and telephone operator.

She loved the Long Beach Kite Festival, poetry and especially loved her trip to the Poetry Festival in La Conner, WA, to hear Coleman Barks read Rumi poetry.

Her favorite Rumi poem was -

Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts
in the pomegranate flowers.

If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who are relieved to know she is with her Creator.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

MIZPAH - Genesis 31:49