The world is such a much better place because of Shirley Mower’s goodness. Her selfless, compassionate loving example has touched and influenced so many lives.
Shirley Berg Mower passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7, at the age of 91, at South Lincoln Nursing Center. Shirley was born on Jan. 11, 1928, in American Fork, Utah, to Don and Bernice Berg. She was the oldest of 4 children.
The family spent their summers working the family sheep ranch near Kamas, Utah. This is where she developed her love of sheep, ranch life and her strong work ethic at a very young age. The winter months were spent in American Fork, Utah, where she attended school, graduating in 1946. In 1948, she married and had two children, Christy and Ricky; she later divorced. Ricky died in a tragic accident in 1954.
In 1955, she married her little brother’s best friend, Bill Mower. They lived in American Fork, where their family grew by three more girls, Pam, Billee and Bobbee. They later moved to Nucla, Colorado, where Bill and Shirley’s son, John, was born In 1963 they moved to Kemmerer, where they made their forever Wyoming home.
Shirley was an influential part of her community. She served on the zoning board for three years, Lincoln County Fair board for six years, served on the senior citizen board and was chair of the JC Penney Homestead and was a key part of getting it registered with the National Historic Society. She was the first woman president of the Kemmerer Chamber of Commerce; she was also named Outstanding Woman of the Year in 1987.
She worked for First Wyoming Bank for 16 years. Some of her many positions at the bank included, supervisor over tellers, public relations, advertising (for which she won numerous awards) and the vice president of marketing. In her 60s, she started a new career path by opening a very successful clothing store called Shirley’s Fashion Place. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings in primary, young women and relief society. She was relief society president (twice), president of junior Sunday school and the activity director in the stake MIA.
Her family was the most important part of her life!
She is survived by children, Christy (Larry) Cook of Diamondville, Billee (Lonnie) Woodbridge of Arco, Idaho, Bobbee (Eric) Rudy of Kemmerer and John (Carol) Mower of Durango, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Joan Cumming of Kamas, Utah.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Mower; son, Ricky Mower; daughter, Pamela Pellerin; grandson, Matthew Pellerin; sister, Beverly Holden; and brother, Don Berg.
Visitation will be held at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center in Kemmerer on Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Friday, July 12, at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center, with Brother Chad Seiler officiating. Interment will follow services at the South Lincoln Cemetery in Kemmerer.
Donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; 2232 Dell Range Blvd. Ste. 101 Cheyenne, WY 82009; or to the American Cancer Society, Wyoming Chapter, 333 S. Beech Street, Casper, WY 82601, or to that of the donor’s choice.