CLINTON — Shirley Mae Howell, 76, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton.
Shirley was born Oct. 30, 1936, in Erie, Ill., a daughter of Clifford Sr. and Marjorie Mae (Neer) Crandall. She attended school in Fulton, Ill., and Clinton. She married John Freeman Green in Morrison, Ill., on Jan. 29, 1956. He passed away in 1969. She married James Dwight Howell on April 4, 1970, in Clinton. He passed away May 17, 2005.
Shirley and her mother ran the Maid Rite in Morrison for many years. She worked as a cook for the Brick House in Morrison. She then drove school bus for Riverbend School District for five years. She also worked at Fulton Corporation until her retirement.
Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to cook and bake. She loved playing cards with her friends.
She and her husband, James, kept a home in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they spent winters for five years. In 2007, she became a full-time resident of Fulton.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda (Mike) Carney of Morrison; four sons, Larry "Jake" Green and Dale (Kathy) Green, both of Fulton, Robert (Lynn) Green of Rio Linda, Calif., and Gary (Ellen) Green of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; two brothers, Clifford (Sylvia) Crandall Jr. of Mesa, Ariz., and George "Bill" (Moonja) Crandall of Goodyear, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren, Shawn (Jen) Carney, Kelly (Jeff) Smith, Ryan (Megan) Carney, Michael Green, Miranda Green, Julie Green, James Green, Jacob Green, Justin Sayasen, Harry Green, Riley Green and Spencer Green; and seven great-grandchildren, Liam Carney, Emily Carney, Jason Smith, Dylon Smith, Peyton Smith, Tyson Smith and Kamryn Carney.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and her stepfather, William Birely.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fulton Fire Department.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Fulton Township Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Fulton.