Shirley Studebaker

Shirley Studebaker

Shirley Studebaker

ROANOKE — Shirley Ann Studebaker, 87, formerly of Eureka passed away at 9:15 a.m. Monday (Dec. 2, 2019) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

Shirley was born March 24, 1932, in Flint, Mich., to Otho Paul and Helen Lorraine Grice Mayfield. She married Paul Studebaker on Dec. 14, 1951, in Danville. She was preceded in death by Paul and her parents.

Shirley is survived by one brother, Paul Junior Mayfield, Ballwin, Mo. Also surviving are three sons, Donald Studebaker, Tahlequah, Okla.; Kenneth (Jane) Studebaker, Congerville; and Thomas Studebaker, Normal. Shirley had 10 grandchildren, Benjamin (Marissa) Studebaker, Rebecca (Mark) Barrick, Sarah Studebaker, Erin (Scott) Barnhart, Rachel (Lukas) Quanstrom, Daniel (Stephani) Studebaker, Carole (Haroon) Rashid, Andrew (Mallory) Studebaker, Paul Michael Studebaker and Leah Studebaker; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Shirley was an accomplished piano teacher and church musician. She held an associate degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. She taught for several years in the Unit 140 schools before retiring in 1989. In addition to teaching in the public schools, Shirley taught private piano lessons and held church positions as organist and choir director.

Shirley participated in community choirs and frequently directed, accompanied, or sang solos in civic programs, stage performances and concerts. She often served as a choral or piano adjudicator for Illinois High School Association and Illinois Elementary School Association contests.

The family will receive visitors from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Eureka Bible Church, Eureka. Her funeral will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Swanson officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded with inurnment at a later date at Olio Township Cemetery, Eureka. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Chris Hughes and the staff at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke for their kind and compassionate care provided during Shirley's residence at the home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or Crossroads United Methodist Church of Washington.

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