Shirley Ann (McCloughan) Vontz

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shirley Ann (McCloughan) Vontz

June 10, 1942 - Oct. 6, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. — Shirley Ann ( McCloughan) Vontz was born to Helen and Bert McCloughan June 10, 1942. Her twin sister, Sharon, passed at birth. Shirley passed away Oct. 6, 2017, at the age of 75 after a courageous three month battle with acute leukemia.

Shirley grew up north of Valentine, Neb. She loved the Sandhills and always looked forward to coming home to visit the land and her family. Shirley graduated from Valentine High School in 1960. From there, she obtained a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska in home economics and special education. She taught school at McCook Public Schools for 20-plus years and for St. Patrick’s pre-school after retiring. One of her greatest joys was to teach and make learning exciting. Her grandchildren were never for lack of fun, educational books and toys!

Shirley married Ronald Vontz on a very hot day in July 1968. To this union was born two daughters, Marci and LeeAnn. They raised their family south of McCook. They had a deep love for each other and we can now be joyous that they are able to be together again.

Shirley loved her family and friends. She listened, prayed and gave great encouragement and advice to anyone of them in need. She especially delighted in watching her grandchildren come to earth and grow! She enjoyed crafting and sewing, a love that she has passed onto her girls.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Bert McCloughan; her twin sister, Sharon; sister, Catherine Petersen; brother, James McCloughan; and spouse, Ronald Vontz.

Shirley is survived by daughters, Marci Vontz-Lewis (Brian Lewis) of York, Neb., and LeeAnn Hampton (Dave) of Lincoln, Neb.; aunt, Melvina Parker of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Nadda McCloughan of Valentine; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Bethine Vontz of McCook, Neb.; and eight grandchildren, Caleb, Layce, Connor, Bradley, Abigail, Rylan, Sasha, and Amelia. Shirley is also survived by many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

While we are saddened that her earthly body was worn out and her time here with us was done, we are joyous that she is now free of pain and can be reuinited with our Heavenly Father and all those that have passed before her.

A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCook on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at 10:30 am. Rosary is on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the church. Cremation, no visitation. Flowers can be delivered to the church or memorials may be given to the family for future designation. Inurnment following service at Calvary Cemetary in McCook.

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