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Shirley Marie (Evans) Saltzman was born Thursday, February 20, 1936 to Roland Keith Evans (Slim) and Ruth Elizabeth Hathaway in a little house, 403 N Harrison Street, in Mount Ayr, IA.     Shirley went to school in Mount Ayr, IA and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1954. She was in Boosters 2-4, FHA (Future Homemakers of America) for four years, Journalism for one year and vocal music in her freshman year.
She worked at Gunter’s Jewelry Store in Mount Ayr and Ben Franklin. She met her future husband Verle while working in the dime store. They married in July of 1957. To this union one daughter was born, Roxie, two grandchildren David and Jessica and three great grandchildren.
Verle and Shirley lived on the family farm until 1964. Then they moved to Bettendorf, IA. Shirley was a homemaker, daycare provider, and she also worked in the Scott County Treasurers office for a few years. In 1994 they retired moving back to their home town of Mount Ayr, IA. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage. She enjoyed cooking and baking, sewing, ceramics, and gardening. She also enjoyed word puzzles and coloring.
Shirley passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Ringgold County Hospital after a brief illness. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Roxie, grandchildren, David and Jessica and great grandchildren. Shirley was the oldest girl of eight siblings including Janice (Larry) Olson of Atkins, IA, Kathy (John) Watts of Colbert, WA, Vicki Evans of Cherokee, IA, Lyndon (Sherri) Evans of Storm Lake, IA, Robert (Phyllis) Evans of Mesa, AZ; sister-in-law Leona (Gary) Roundtree of Independence, MO; many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Beverly Anderson; brothers, John Evans and Richard Evans, niece, Lisa Evans.
Mrs. Saltzman was cremated and there are no services scheduled. Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr. Memorials are to the American Diabetes Association at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at
A Letter from Heaven
When tomorrow starts without me,
and I’m not here to see.
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry,
the way you did today.
While thinking of the many things,
we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me,
as much as I Love You.
And each time you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.
When tomorrow starts without me,
don’t think we’re far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there in your heart.

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