2014-02-06 / Obituaries

Shirley Beyer Lewellen

Shirley Beyer Lewellen died Jan. 18, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Merced. She was suffering from shortness of breath and extreme fatigue and entered the hospital only one day before her death. Present at her passing were her husband of 61 years, Jim, her son William, daughter Sherri Prisaznik and son-inlaw Barry Prisaznik.

Shirley was born on July 6, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to parents Freda and Walter Beyer. She graduated from Carrick High School in Pittsburgh and was employed in the billing department of Gimbel’s Department Store in Pittsburgh. In April of 1952, she married James Lewellen, also of Pittsburgh, and lived in Ingram, Pa. for four years. She worked and supported Jim while he attended school.

Jim was hired by the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation in California in July of 1956 while Shirley was pregnant with son, Bill. After his birth, she joined Jim in Canoga Park, where she later gave birth to daughter Sherri. They lived in the same house for 28 years. After Jim’s retirement in 1986, they moved to Mariposa, built a home together and thoroughly enjoyed their “escape” from the city scene.

Shirley’s joy was her family. She loved to travel with Jim to Pittsburgh on a regular basis and was able to share this cross-country experience with her grandchildren on several occasions. Trips to Chuckchansi Casino to play the penny slots and visits to Monterey to sit by the ocean were favorite pastimes. She also enjoyed sitting on her porch and watching the wildlife pass by.

Shirley’s grandchildren were a major part of her life. Daughter Sherri’s two boys, Jared and Drew, were born and raised in Mariposa. They spent much of their time at Grandma and Grandpa’s home. Son Bill, and his two children, Addison and Trevor, wife Mary Jo and her daughter Andrea live in San Carlos and visited frequently.

Shirley is survived by her husband Jim; her children Sherri Prisaznik and William Lewellen; four grandchildren, Addison, Trevor, Jared and Drew; two sisters, Elaine Rice and Claire McMonagle of Pittsburgh, as well as numberous nieces and nephews “Back East” who completed her extended family.

No services are planned. Those who want to express a remembrance in Shirley’s name are encouraged to select their favorite charity.

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I have so many wonderful

I have so many wonderful memories of all the times we shared together. I will miss her smile and laugh. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives. You all have been like a family to me. Love to you all Cathleen

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