1926 – 2018
Shirley passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018. Born in St. Helena on August 4, 1926, Shirley’s ancestors came to the United States about 100 years before the Revolutionary War. She always had a keen interest in the history of the family and was especially proud of her roots in the Napa Valley which go back to her relatives who settled in the St. Helena area in the mid-1800s.
Shirley attended St. Helena Elementary School the first year it opened and later the two room Rutherford School house through the eighth grade. She graduated as salutatorian from St. Helena High School in 1944.
As a high school student, she worked in her parents’ restaurant in Yountville and at the St. Helena Star. It was at the restaurant where she met her future husband, Phil Penland. During WWII, she worked at Mare Island and married Phil when he was home on leave. They settled at the family home on Dwyer Road near Oakville. After their two daughters were in school, Shirley worked at Charles Krug Winery in the shipping office for many years. After retirement, she was active in the Napa Valley Genealogical Society and raised over $20,000 for this organization. She also co-wrote weekly articles for the St. Helena Star about historical families and events.
Shirley was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with them. After Phil’s death, she enjoyed her time at Silverado Orchards and her final year at St. Helena Home Care.
Shirley is survived by her sister, Carol Graff, of St. Helena; her daughters Phylis Anderson and Susan Shorey, as well as her beloved six grandchildren, Tia Manca, Erin Shrum, Andrew Shrum, Jessica Gray, Matthew Shrum, Adam Gray and her great grandchildren, Kaila, Blake, Mason, Christian and Sarah.
Services will be held at 11 AM, on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the St. Helena First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring Street. Internment will follow at St. Helena Cemetery. After the service, please join the family at the Magnolia Room, 1299 Pine Street, St. Helena.
The family would like to thank Collabria Hospice for their kind support. Donations to Collabria are welcome.