Putnam, Shirley Jean (DeShone), Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Cartwright Care Center. Age 87 years. The daughter of the late Dearl and Dulcie (Johnson) DeShone was born on September 6, 1924 in Saginaw. She married Nelson L. Putnam on September 26, 1943; he predeceased her on August 4, 2005. Shirley and Nelson spent the early years of their marriage in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida returning to Saginaw later. Shirley was a very gentle, caring person who was very devoted to her family providing many special dinners, celebrations and delicious birthday cakes. She was also a friend to all animals, especially her beloved dogs but enjoyed feeding any animal that wandered into her yard. Throughout Shirley's lifetime, she enjoyed boating the Great Lakes, skiing weekends with her family and spending time at their cottage on the St. Mary's River in Barbeau, MI. Surviving are two children; Cheryl (John Rethman) Putnam, Larry (Sandy) Putnam, four grandchildren; Gregory (Anastasia) Mortimore, Brian (Julie) Mortimore, Cortney (Tom) Kramer, Jean Putnam, 8 great grandchildren, John Mortimore, Amanda Mortimore, Richard Mortimore, Jakob Mortimore, Delcie Mortimore, Leah Mortimore, Charlotte Kramer and soon to be born Benjamin Kramer, her brothers-in-law Harry (Connie) Putnam, Jim (Marilyn) Putnam, lifelong friend Mary Ellen Sierocki and many nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by her sister-in-law Dorothy (Ted) Lambert. The Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. Rev. Robert Lakey will officiate with burial at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral chapel on Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Countryside Trinity Church. www.casefuneralhome.com