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Due to cardiac arrest, Shirley M. Brennan, of Williamsburg, was transported from Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Williamsburg to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg where she died on Monday, July 13, 2015, at the age of 95.
She was born Aug. 13, 1919, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Guy H. Johnson and Lucille D. Orvis Johnson.
On Aug. 28, 1943, she married Thomas W. Brennan Jr. at First Congregational Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of which she was a lifetime member. She attended Kenosha schools, graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School and Kenosha College of Commerce. While living in Kenosha, Shirley participated in many activities of the church and local groups, including PTA, scouting, golf, bridge and a variety of social clubs.
On April 7, 1975, Shirley’s maternal family was awarded a certificate by the Kenosha County Historical Society honoring them as a century family of Kenosha County, Wisconsin, being a direct descendant of John Mills Orvis and his wife Anna Larrabee Orvis, with their date of arrival at Kenosha County in 1843.
After her retirement, she lived for several years in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. After the sudden death of her husband on Nov. 2, 1983, Shirley decided in 1990 to leave Tennessee and move to Virginia, nearer to her son to make a new life for herself. During her travels she made many wonderful friends and loved them all.
Shirley’s life over the years was an active one and she loved her family and her home. While away from her Kenosha Church she belonged to Kingsmill Chapel, the Kingsmill Women’s Social Club, several quilting groups, book club and bridge club. As an avid golfer, she played with the Ladies 9-hole Kingsmill Golfers until the age of 88.
She enjoyed volunteer work at her churches in Kenosha, Fairfield Glade and Williamsburg and her favorite pastimes included reading and keeping in touch by writing letters to friends and relatives.
Surviving are her son, Jeffrey D. Brennan and his wife Nancy, of Williamsburg; grandson, Todd M. Brennan and his wife Denise, of McDonough, Georgia; great-granddaughter, Kailee, of McDonough, Georgia; great-grandson, Stephen, of Santa Barbara, California; first cousins, Verle Swenson, of Camp Lake, Wisconsin and Harry Swenson and his wife Ginny, of Barrington, Illinois; Andrea Hinds, of Kenosha and Eden Schmitt, of Ames, Iowa, the daughters of Shirley’s late cousin, Janet May, of Kenosha, Wisconsin; as well as many, many friends and relatives.
A local visitation will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg.
A second visitation will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home, 6019 7th Ave., Kenosha, Wisconsin. A funeral procession will follow at 12:30 p.m. to Sunset Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery, 6211 38th St., Kenosha, Wisconsin, followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Chapel at Kingsmill in Williamsburg.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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