Shirley M. Blount 92, of Appleton, WI passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 following a struggle with cervical myelopathy.
Born in Cape Girardeau, MO Shirley grew up in Detroit, MI, attending Michigan State University where she received a BA from the College of Communication Arts. Later she earned a MA from Wayne State University, MI in Speech Pathology. After her retirement she remained interested and active in the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Shirley was a career woman in the 1950’s when many women were expected to stay at home. After she married, she was employed as a speech and language specialist for the Plymouth and Crestwood school districts in the Detroit area. She was active in politics. In Michigan she ran for public office. Later she moved to San Diego where she worked in a private speech pathology practice. She volunteered in the arts including the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. In the early 2000’s she moved to Appleton to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Wayne Nankervis.
Shirley had a wonderful curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of life. She was an ardent reader. Nearly everyone who knew her has received a clipping of some item she had cut out and saved “just for them” to read. She traveled widely including an amazing trip to Peru where she climbed to the top of the Machu Picchu ruins when she was in her mid-‘70s. Shirley was an avid tennis player for much of her life. She loved to play bridge and played weekly, only worrying that there weren’t enough bridge players around when she moved to the retirement community at The Heritage. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego, member of PEO in San Diego and Appleton and active in the Alpha Phi sorority.
Her spirit and joy of life will be missed by her family and friends. A private burial will be held in Michigan. The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton has been designated for her memorial contributions.
Thank you in advance for considering a gift in support of the museum and Shirley’s legacy.