Shirley Magner, 77, York, Neb.

Published 9:16 am Saturday, March 3, 2012

Funeral services for Shirley Ann Magner, 77, of York, Neb., formerly of Albert Lea, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Ryan Martens will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. To sign the guest book, go to


Shirley Ann Magner died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at York General Hospital, York, Neb., from complications due to her battle with leukemia.

Shirley was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Marlow, Okla. to Ovie and Eva (Rogers) Adkins. Shirley grew up in Purdy, Okla., and graduated from high school in Carmen, Okla. On June 3, 1955, Shirley was united in marriage to Elford Magner in Galesburg, Kan. The first 12 years together, along with their two boys, were spent in Kansas before moving to and settling in Albert Lea in 1968. She was a very active member of the Church of Christ and loved being a wife, mother and homemaker. Nothing pleased her more than to cook and bake for family and friends. Shirley was also employed at Gibson’s Discount Center and later Pamida until 1985. She loved crocheting and taking photos. She treasured every minute spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Shirley moved to York, Neb., in March 2010 to be closer to her younger grandchildren and spend time with them. Despite her illness she still was very involved both with her family and the church.

Survivors include her children: David (wife Selina) Magner of Albert Lea, Brent (wife Kay) Magner of York, Neb., and Tonia Wadding of Potosi, Wis.; grandchildren: Nathan (wife Jennifer), Nick (wife Corinne), Christopher (wife Victoria), Elizabeth (husband Drew), Daniel, Jennie, Caleb and Ann; great-grandchildren: Ethan, Ellie and Jackson; sisters: Joy and Susie; and brother, Richard; along with other brother and sister-in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elford; sister, Mildred and brothers: Charles and Tommy.

Shirley asked that memorials be sent to Orphan’s Lifeline of Hope, P.O. Box 1100, Kalispell, MT 59901 or to York College, 1125 E. 8th, York, NE 69467.