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Shirley Iris (Ward) Adams

May 22, 1933 ~ July 5, 2021 (age 88)


Shirley Iris Adams, born May 22, 1933 to Harry Milton Ward and Violet Mae Ward in Sandusky, Ohio and passed from this world to join her heavenly father on July 5, 2021 at the Summa Barberton Hospital, surrounded by family.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father Harry Ward, mother Violet Ward, brother Ronald (Rocky) Ward, sister Marlene Ward, son Terry Keel and grandson Shawn Sheehan.

Shirley had three children with husband Harry Keel, sons Danny Keel, Terry Keel and Rick Keel. She had three more children with husband Allan Hansen, sons Richard Hansen, James Hansen and Zane Hansen. While the children were young, the family moved from Sandusky to the Wadsworth, Ohio area, where they were raised.

On March 20, 1982 Shirley married Lowell John Adams. They lived in the Akron area and then moved to Springfield, Ohio in 1993. In 2015, Shirley and John returned to Barberton, Ohio near Akron to be close to family, celebrating 39 years of marriage this year.

Shirley had many interests throughout her life. She was a homemaker, nurses aid, insurance agent, factory worker, secretary of the Theosophical Society of Akron in Kenmore for six years and had an Ohio minister's license, performing many weddings, baptisms and funerals. She also counseled hundreds of people, taught dream classes and lectured on various topics throughout her life.

In her later years, Shirley spent her time doing family genealogy, reading, painting, gardening and also became a member of the Mayflower Society after verifying she had ancestry on the Mayflower. Shirley was also a great story teller and interpreter of dreams for many.

Shirley deeply loved and was loved by her husband John, her children, grandchildren, nieces, their families and many close friends. She is survived by her husband John Adams, her children Dan Keel, Rick Keel, Richard Hansen (wife Jan), James Hansen and Zane Hansen (wife Norine). Also, twelve grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Shirley's love, compassion and wisdom will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on July 31, 2021 at the American Legion Post 407, 49 Black Drive from 1 PM to 5 PM in Doylestown, Ohio.

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Celebration of Life
July 31, 2021

1:00 PM
American Legion Post (Doylestown, Ohio)

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