Shirley Anne Patrick, Born on December 8, 1926 was raised just outside of Akron, OH to Dale and Lucille Dillinger. She graduated from Kenmore High School in 1944. After graduation she went to work in a local Department store. In 1948, she received a letter from Chuck, the love of her life, inviting her to join him in Delhi, CA. So, Shirley hopped on a train for a 3 day ride across the country, not quite sure of what the future might hold. Within a few months of her cross country trip they were married and started their family where she was a loving and devoted wife and mother.
With her love of the Arts, Shirley encouraged her children to pursue her passion with many lessons in music, drama and dance throughout their youth.
As an active member of Delhi Community Presbyterian she faithfully taught both children and adult Sunday school classes, served as a deaconness, and represented the church in various leadership roles both locally and regionally. Shirley helped to pioneer bringing Sacred Dance into church communities in worshiping God with Movement and Praise throughout the Valley. After many years of dedicated service within the Presbyterian church, Shirley was awarded with an honorary life membership into The Presbyterian Women on April 20, 1996.
In more recent years, her interests grew to include traveling the country for annual visits to spend time with her children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Over the last several years, many of them began setting aside special times to travel to Delhi for continuing visits and adventures with her. During a Calvin Crest Retreat at 88 years young, Shirley even got herself harnessed up and rode the Zip Line in adding yet another adventure to her life.
Shirley sang and danced her way into heaven on April 11, 2017. One her dreams was to travel to Israel and visit all the places where Jesus had been during His earthly ministry. Even better, Shirley has now been welcomed by Jesus personally into heaven.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Chuck Patrick and Great Grandson Timothy DeCoteau O’Toole. She is survived by her 5 children; Randy Patrick and wife Patti, Mike Patrick and wife Rose, Cindy Denny and husband Earl, Chris Patrick and wife Sue and David Patrick and wife Mary, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Memorial Service to be held this Saturday, April 15 at 11:00am at the Delhi Community Presbyterian Church. Remembrances or donations may be sent to her Delhi church or your favorite charity in her name. Please share your memories and condolences at www.AllenMortuary.com