Friday, September 19, 2008

Finney County Genealogical Society Immediate Past President

Published 9/18/2008 in the Garden City Telegram

Lilia LaRee Shearmire, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Homestead Health & Rehabilitation Center in Garden City.
She was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Scott County, to Ira Prosper and Julia Lenihan Minnix.
On June 5, 1949, she married Ray Shearmire in Friend.
A resident of Garden City since 1955, moving from Scott City, Mrs. Shearmire had been owner and operator, along with her husband, and was an integral part of Garden Bowl, Garden Mimeo, Garden Skate, and Hard Rock Lanes & Tumbleweed Turf and was an English as Second Language teacher.
She was a member of Church Of The Brethren of Garden City, where she was the church's first woman moderator, taught the Menninger Bible Study for 28 years and was a Sunday School teacher for 38 years. She also held many offices in the State Bowling Proprietor Association and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2004. She was a member of the Women's Chamber, and enjoyed playing bridge, piano and organ, drama with local groups, signing, photography, cross stitch, genealogy and traveling, having visited 21 countries. She was a collector of crystal, elephants, coins and stamps, and loved being with her family.
In addition to her husband, other survivors include a son, Gregg Shearmire of Garden City; two daughters, Linda Owen and Susan Stout, both of Garden City; a sister, Wilda Werner of Atwood; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Berl Minnix.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Church Of The Brethren in Garden City, officiated by John Elder, pastor. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City.
Visitation is until 8 tonight at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Garden City. Condolences may be sent at Memorials are suggested to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Association or to the church, both in care of the funeral home, 620 N. Main St., Garden City, KS 67846.