Shirley Ann Rogers Neiswanger passed to the Lord’s hands on October 20, 2020. She was born to the late Fleetwood Baxter and Connie Alma Whitmire Rogers in Canton, North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her late husband Eugene Clifton Neiswanger and her brother Richard Baxter Rogers.
She graduated from Jefferson High School in Day City, CA and then attended nursing school in San Francisco, Ca.
She married Charles R. Wright in 1955. They spent 4 years at Ford Ord, CA while Charles was in the Army and she worked at the base hospital. After military service they went to Guam for private construction work in 1959. Shirley loved talking about seeing the islands of Hawaii, Wake, Kwajalein and Majuro just 14 years after WWII.
In 1967 Shirley met Eugene Clifton Neiswanger in CA. On December 14, 1968 they married and lived in Lacey, WA for the past 52 years.
Genealogy has been Shirley’s passion for many years, writing the history of her family as you all may know. She loved reading, quilting, rock hunting, along with watching her grandchildren and great-grandchild grow up.
She is survived by a sister Betty Rogers Gaddy Daramus of Asheville, NC, sister-in-law Orchid Rogers of Oldsmar, FL. Nephews: Fleetwood Gaddy of Asheville, NC, Richard Cecil of Union Gap, WA, Robert Cecil of NC, Ronald Rogers of Oldsmar, FL and Russell Rogers of Clearwater, FL. Niece: Joan Garrett of Charlotte, NC, Connie Farm of Yakima, WA and Renee Rogers Gingold of Tampa, FL. 13 grand nephews, nieces and 4 great nephews and nieces.
Surviving are Shirley’s step children, Kevin E. Neiswanger and wife Dianna of Tumwater, WA, Pamela J. Neiswanger and husband Douglas Warner of Anchorage, AK and Rodney C. Hamilton and wife Anne of Chehalis, WA.; Grandchildren: Calvin R. Neiswanger of Lacey, WA, Stacie L. Neiswanger and her husband Jade Andrews of Tumwater, WA, Keary M. Warner of Anchorage, AK and Josie Hamilton of Winlock, WA.; Beautiful great granddaughter, Adalynn JoLee Andrews of Tumwater, WA.
Shirley had one of the most gentle, loving, kind spirit that showed in her everyday love towards her friends and family. She loved to talk, but mostly listen and the respond with kind words of support, wisdom and guidance towards all that enjoyed these special moments with her and there were many! I truly feel that on that glorious day when Shirley came face to face with our loving God, I can only pray that the first words to Shirley from our beloved Jesus would have been “Job well done, welcome home”.
Good bye is not forever for we shall all be together again!
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Whitmire Cemetery in Rosman where she and her husband Eugene Clifton Neiswanger will be interred together.
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