Former Routt County resident Shirley B. Nay passed away peacefully in Davis, Okla., on Dec. 3, 2008. She was 73.
Shirley was born in Steamboat Springs on May 20, 1935, to Lyle and Fern Barber. She graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1952. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Shirley married a childhood friend and the love of her life, Gerald M. "Jerry" Nay, on Oct. 3, 1954.
Jerry and Shirley ranched for several years in Steamboat Springs and in Hayden. In 1993, they relocated to Atoka, Okla., and continued ranching. While living in Routt County, Shirley spent many years teaching sewing for the local 4-H clubs and passing on the skills of her favorite hobby. Other passions included her animals, playing different types of bridge and helping Jerry on the ranch. She also was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Atoka, Okla.; daughter, Sherry Barnes, of Davis, Okla., and the Agbenus of Ghana: Martin, Mavis, Cynthia, Cassandra, Perpetual, Orlonyo, Sehorm, Celestial, Rockshell and Wilson; daughter, Terry Jacobs, and her husband, Tom, of Tuluksak, Alaska; grandson, Billy Jacobs, and his wife, Shavonne, of Colorado Springs; grandson, Josh Jacobs and his wife, Becky; and great-grandson, Landon, of Sterling, Alaska; son, Larry Nay, and his wife, Sharon, of Atoka, Okla.; and granddaughter, Kara, who attends Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Also surviving is a brother, Glen Barber, of Steamboat Springs, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life service for longtime Routt County resident Shirley Nay will be at 10 a.m. June 13 at Hayden Congregational Church. The family invites all friends and neighbors to join them for a light brunch that will be served at 9 a.m. before the service.
For more information, call Phyllis Moore at 870-2724.