Shirley Marcilee Sannar

Born: Wed., Jul. 4, 1923
Died: Thu., Mar. 3, 2011

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Shirley Marcilee Sannar - 87, of Pendleton died Thursday, March 3, 2011 at St. Anthony's Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday, march 10, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. in the Pendleton Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Skyview Memorial Park, Pendleton. Memorials in her memory may be directed to the Pendleton Baptist Church, and may be sent care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. You may sing the register book or send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Sannar was born July 4th, 1923 in Wallowa Oregon to Harry and Edna Weaver Kennison. Her father passed away when Shirley was 11 years old and she took on the responsibility of helping her mother raise her two younger siblings. She attended Lower Valley School outside Wallowa and was married to Charles Sannar on July 31, 1939. Their son, Tommy, was born in 1940, followed by daughters Judy and Kathleen in 1943 and 1948. The family moved to Mount Emily Lumber Camp at Starkey, Oregon in 1948, where they remained until 1953. In 1955, the family moved to Kethchikan Alaska where Shirley bravely accompanied Al on their fishing boat until 1985, even though she held a fear and distrust of the deep water. The couple retired from fishing and began traveling to Yuma for the winter in 1985, making the trip annually through the winter of 2009-10. They developed a close circle of friends from the winters spent in Yuma and always returned to Pendleton with a fresh supply of stories. Shirley loved animals and very much enjoyed watching the antics of the burros on the desert near Yuma. Shirley was a devoted wife and homemaker and one of her greatest joys was taking time to visit with her beloved family. She made countless quilts for friends and family, each hand-quilted with exquisite and precise stitching. She enjoyed growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables, canning the produce with the help of Al until she was well into her 70s. Shirley always enjoyed involvement in church activities and was currently a member of Pendleton Baptist Church. Shirley is survived by her devoted husband of 71 years, Al Sannar of Pendleton; son Tom and Sharon Sannar of Adams, daughters Judy and Glenn Ennis of Stella Missouri and Kathleen and Mike Tannahill of Cathlamet Washington; brother Harry and MaryDee Kennison of Salem; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren, with one more on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Laurena, and daughter-in-law, Janice Sannar. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of the arrangements.

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tom weeks
   Posted Tue March 08, 2011
am out of town...am so sorry to read of shirley's passing...i enjoyed our office visits and hearing of the trips and travels...my deepest sympathies to all...dr tom weeks

Agnes Tsiatsos Scott
   Posted Wed March 09, 2011
I was so sorry to read about Shirley. I so enjoyed special friends from my early years at Starkey and then later looking forward to visiting at the annual Mt. Emily gathering. We missed you last year. My love and sympathy to you Al and the children.

Lorrie Wade
   Posted Sat March 26, 2011
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Shirley, and I'm so sorry we heard of her passing after the services. My mother, Wanda Goebel, truly loved Shirley and Toot and shared stories of their adventures several times...ask Toot for the record number of flat tires on one road trip. It was very evident that she deeply loved her family. Unfortunately we have no addresses so cards can be sent, so if someone would be kind enough to email those to me, I'd love to send our condolescence. Shirley was a wonderful example and model within our extended family.

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