Early in the morning of August 1 her guardian angels had taken her tired spirit from her bed to meet her Maker, possibly saving her the heartbreak and pain of watching the dollhouse and garden she had created and lived in for nearly 50 years destroyed by the Copper King Fire.
Our porcelain doll was born in Redding, Calif. June 21, 1930 to Les and Vi Yager. At the age of five she moved with her parents to Sacramento starting Catholic school, tap dancing and ballet and charming everyone as she closely resembled Shirley Temple, smile, curls and all. In 1939 she received the baby sister she had waited nine years for.
When the war broke out, her dad being an “only son” had to return to the family ranch outside of Redding. At that time, ranch kids could drive at age 12, and she did only to be stopped by a highway patrolman who followed her home and explained to her dad that she was driving with an obstructed view. Seems as though she was blowing bubbles bigger than the steering wheel.
Her sophomore year of high school she held officer posts in Theta Rho while winning several awards for sewing and modeling her own creations. She graduated from Shasta Union High in 1948 and went right to work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, spending the next two years managing the first switchboard in Homewood, Calif. (Lake Tahoe).
Then came the 50s when she married her high school sweetheart, Neil Bayless. They were blessed with two beautiful blond babies, Gary Lee (Gig) Bayless in 1953 and Cherie Renee (Chey) Bayless Shima in 1955. Shirl and Neil were extremely active charter members of the Shasta Lake Water Ski Club, Gig and Chey learned to water ski as soon as they could walk. Shirl had taken a job with one of the first contact lens specialists in Redding. Maybe that’s where she got the first hint of the caregiver she became. Her patients loved her. Didn’t everyone she met? She worked there until the dream shattered after 19 years of marriage and they divorced.
In 1969 she married another schoolmate, Roy (Ike) Boswell and gained five stepchildren. Shirl and Ike moved to Montana where Ike’s uncle, Norman Kern, lived. They ran the Husky Station (Turk’s). She took to the mountain life overnight, hunting, fishing, hiking, caning – she loved it all.
In March of ’96 Ike died of complications from a stroke a few years earlier. They both had found the Lord in the middle 70’s and her second family was born. Eventually bringing them to New Life Fellowship.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ike and son, Gary.
She is survived by her daughter, Cherie; sister, Bonnie; many cousins; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild as well as one niece, one nephew and their children; all of which, at one time or another, had rotated in the summer to spend time with their mom, sister, Na Na, Grammy BooBoo, Gramma GaGa and aunty Dirl.
Please try not to be so sad. She gave so much of herself to every living thing and wouldn’t have had it any other way. Rejoice in the fact that the Lord took her after she had handled all he had given her.