Shirley Ann Scheerer Derrow, 88, of Jackson, MS, passed away June 24. She was born in Wabash, IN, on December 9, 1932, and graduated from Wabash High School.
Shirley married Robert “Bob” W. Derrow in 1963, with whom she shared 53 years. A few years after marrying, they made the big move south to Dothan, AL, where they loved the heat so much they never turned on the AC. In 1973, they made a final move to Jackson, where they lived out the rest of their years.
Shirley loved spending time with her family and her household of pets. She nurtured a lifelong love of dogs and bred poodles for several years, to the delight of her children. In her later years, her love of socializing lent itself to a job at Gayfers department store, where she enjoyed engaging with all who came through the doors. Her grandchildren enjoyed playing competitive games of double solitaire with her and eagerly anticipated the gifts of excess soft drinks and candy from the various vending machines she managed.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Bob; parents, Lawrence and Edith Scheerer; brother Larry (Bette) Scheerer; daughter Kimberlin; and grandson James Richard Drake II. She is survived by her children, Tamaralyn Drake (James) of Terry, Daniel Derrow of Granger, IN, Kit LaCour (Ron) of Brandon, Robert (Pam) of Overland Park, KS, and Douglass (Christina) of Powder Springs, GA; 15 grandchildren, Tanyalyn, David (Hannah), Danielle, Jessica, Kimber (Bryan), Allen, Christalin, Jennifer, Robbie (Carlee), Lara, Lacey, Christopher (Olivia), Phillip, Timothy, Zachary; and 12 great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Gracelyn, Christalyn, Britany, Austin, Owen, Elliott, Vincent, Patience, Randy, Keira, and Fallon.
Her family would like to extend thanks to the staff at St. Dominic’s Hospital and Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, who were very gracious and kind, as well as the staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she chose to donate her body for science.
A celebration of life for Shirley and Bob was held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on June 28. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider a donation to a charity of their choice.