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Shirley Irene Johnson, daughter of Wendall Leroy and Alice Pauline (Hansen) McMickle, was born February 24, 1924 at Nora Springs, IA. She was welcomed home by an older brother, Robert L. and the family grew with the addition of siblings, Doris Pauline, John Wesley, James L. and Ronald Dean.
Shirley grew up at Milton, IA. Shirley played basketball under the coaching of her dad and she always enjoyed watching girls’ basketball.
She was baptized at the Grace Methodist Church in Milton, IA on September 10, 1939. Shirley graduated from Milton High School with the class of 1941. After graduation, Shirley worked at the Sheaffer Pen Company in Fort Madison, IA.
On April 14, 1945, Shirley was united in marriage to Richard Guthrie Johnson at the Christian Church in Bloomfield, IA. To this marriage was born three children: Michael, Mindy, and Stevie.
In the mid 1960’s, the family moved to Mount Ayr and it remained her home for the rest of her life. Shirley was a loving wife and homemaker to her family. She was skilled at sewing and made a lot of their clothing. Shirley worked outside the home at the Cap Factory and was a nurse’s aid.
Shirley became a resident of Clearview Home and she passed away there on January 28, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband on November 11, 1996, son, Michael, in 1969; son-in-law, Dan Minnick, in 2018 and siblings, Robert McMickle, Doris Peel, John McMickle, and James McMickle.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Mindy Minnick of Mount Ayr and Stevie Johnson of Des Moines, IA; granddaughter, Lori (Jim) Norris, and great granddaughter, Allison Norris, all of Diagonal, IA; brother, Ron (Lauren) McMickle of Kansas City, MO. sister-in-law, Sue McMickle, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Officiating was Rev Charles Weiman.
Pianist was Judy Newton and special music was “The Old Rugged Cross’ and “In The Garden”.
Casket bearers were Lori Norris, Jim Norris, Jim Taylor, Charles Weiman, Bill Armstrong, and Josh Armstrong.
Shirley was laid to rest at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, IA.
Memorials are to be in her name to be decided.

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