Shirley Graybill

Shirley Graybill

Tuesday, September 3rd, 1935 - Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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Shirley Lee (Arnold) Graybill, 85, of Keenesburg passed away November 11, 2020. Shirley was born on September 3, 1935 to George and Ida Arnold in Adams City, Colorado.

She graduated from Keenesburg High School, the Skippers, in 1953. Shirley loved cheerleading and dancing. She taught dance lessons in Keenesburg for years and traveled the state with a dance troupe. She was featured on television and even danced at the Stanley Hotel. She proudly represented the Southeast Weld County Rodeo as Queen in 1949 and later she and Bill were recognized as Grand Marshalls.

On October 25, 1953 she married William Richard Graybill at the Community United Methodist Church in Keenesburg while he was home on leave from the Army. In February of 1957 they welcomed their daughter Jeanette Elaine. In May, 1958, William David was born. Four years later son Alan Eugene arrived. Gary Lee was born September 1963 and Gerald Ray completed the family in July, 1969.

In the 1950s, Shirley and Bill made a home south of Keenesburg on the dryland. She was integral in the chicken business, gathering thousands of eggs and candling them while she cared for her young children and cooked for the farm employees. Many of the farm hands would forego their pay just for a meal from Shirley.

While they lived on the dryland, she became a member of the U and I Club. She cherished her friendships with these ladies and nothing could interfere with “Club”. She was a lifelong member. Later in life, she was a member of the Shirley’s Club of Greeley and the Shirley’s Club of Denver. She loved her interactions and friendships with other Shirleys.

In 1963, they moved from the dryland to their home on Road 49. They lived there for 53 years before relocating to Keenesburg. Shirley worked on the farm, irrigating and baling hay. She was also a professional seamstress and operated a drapery business with her mother. In her spare time, she baked and decorated wedding cakes. She was a Mary Kay consultant for 27 years and valued time spent with her customers and her Mary Kay family. Shirley’s hands were never idle and were always helping anyone in need. She was blessed with a servant’s heart and left an imprint of it on everyone she met.

She was known for her amazing talents in the kitchen and she was always the consummate hostess. You could never visit without being offered a cup of coffee and a cookie or piece of cake.

Bill and Shirley loved to travel and were fortunate enough to visit all 50 states and Mexico and Canada. Many of their favorite memories revolve around travel adventures with their friends. She loved cruising, train travel, and road trips.

Shirley’s greatest legacy is her family. She was proud of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She and Bill rarely missed a game or an event they were involved in and she taught all of them to dance in the kitchen. The ideal day for Shirley included a houseful of family, a table brimming with food, lots of laughter and card games galore.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Daryl Arnold and Claude Arnold, sisters Marie Beckett and Stella Meints and brother-in-law Bob Graybill. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill and their children, Jeanette (Brent) Beichle of Greeley, David (Sherrie) Graybill of Roundup, Montana, Alan Graybill of Keenesburg, Gary (Jandale) Graybill of Greeley and Gerald (Kelly) Graybill of Keenesburg; grandchildren Mindy (Ty) Frost, Jordan (Nicole) Beichle, Julie Beichle, Stephanie (Zach) Robinson, MacKenzie Graybill, Jessica (Uly) Johnson, Maddison Graybill, Jamie (Jesse) Bowden, and George Graybill; great grandchildren Kaden Frost and Quinn Frost. Siblings Pearl Whitman, Larry (Sharon) Arnold, Pam Timm, siblings-in-law Chuck Graybill, Jim Graybill and Shirley Hopkins survive Shirley as do numerous nieces and nephews.

A Life Celebration Visitation will be held on November 16 from 3-5 at Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private celebration of life will be held with family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community United Methodist Church, PO Box 195, Keenesburg CO 80643.
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Christina Roskop

Posted at 01:18am
Always smiling, always friendly and caring. How I loved riding the former Rodeo Queen wagon/float with her. She loved the rodeo and the Keenesburg fair. May God be with you Shirley. Christina Roskop

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Posted at 10:22am
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The Cook Family

Posted at 09:58am
Our thoughts and Prayers are with your family.
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Posted at 07:54pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Ty, Tara and family
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Carol Woods

Posted at 12:12pm
Dave, Sherrie and families, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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