Shirley N. Chase, age 92
Of Elmira, NY died on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 in Sun City, Arizona following an illness that started on New Year’s Day. The family received friends from 11:00AM-12:00 PM on Sunday (Jan 12) at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ officiated by Pastor Randy Murphy. Reception immediately followed at Mark Chase’s home. The family will again receive friends at the Baker Family Funeral Home 640 W. Gray St. Elmira, NY on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM. Funeral services following at 12:00PM. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Hospice in Shirley’s memory. Shirley was born on July 13, 1927 in Elmira, NY, one of five daughters and one son of the late R. Raymond and Elizabeth (Bellows) Newell. She worked at Iszards department store prior to her marriage to Jack T. Chase in 1948. She was a helpmate to Jack and devoted her time and energy to raising and caring for their family. As the children attended school, she worked part time as an aid, and later as a Bookkeeper for the Town of Elmira. Retired in 1993 with 20 years of service. Widowed by her husband Jack T. Chase of 34 years in 1982. In 2011 was predeceased by her beloved longtime partner, Stan Youngman of 21 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed as the Chase family matriarch. She loved to serve others, and enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, roller skating, water skiing, and was an avid bridge player, teacher and coordinator, and euchre card player. She is survived by daughter, Sherry (William) Simons of Peoria, AZ; grandson, Gregory C. (Kasandra) Simons of Buckeye, AZ; grandson, Mathew T. (Jessica) Simons of Avondale, AZ; and son, Mark T. (Leasa) Chase of Peoria, AZ and grandson Michael T. (Katherine) Chase; great-granddaughters, Seneca, Piper and Isla of Gilbert, AZ; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Drew) Lasley and great-grandson, Owen and unborn great-grandchild of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter, Heather (Tyre) Rischmueller and great-grandson, Rhett and unborn great-grandchild of Tempe, AZ. Shirley is predeceased by her five siblings; sisters, Betty (Frank) Ziegler, Marjorie (Paul) Bates, Irene (Mark) Malcolm, Aletha (John) Townsend and brother, Ralph R. (Jackie) Newell. www.bakerfamilyfuneralhome.com
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