Dec. 15, 1929 - Dec. 13, 2010
Shirley Marion Phillips Cummins was born in Walla Walla, on Dec. 15, 1929, to Marion Phillips and Stella Torgersen Baker. At 80 years of age she passed away peacefully, surrounded by her two sons who loved her dearly on Dec. 13, 2010. The memorial service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. A meal following the service will be at The Modern Restaurant. Dave Jones will officiate. Inurnment will be in Ivy Cemetery in Prescott. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ivy Cemetery through the funeral home.
Shirley went to school in Prescott, when her mother married Jerry Baker, a prominent farmer in Prescott. Other siblings are two sisters, Karen Baker (Chatham) and Shirley Baker (Phelps); and two brothers, Archie Phillips and Byron Baker. Because there were two "Shirleys" in the family, Shirley Cummins, the younger of the two, became known as "little Shirley." In high school Shirley was nominated head cheerleader and she formed precious friendships with her peers at Prescott High School, ongoing relationships that forever enriched her life. Shirley was employed by Stone Machinery; Huntington Office Supply; and the Veteran's Hospital, Walla Walla. She then worked the family farm as a bookkeeper in Touchet until 1997 when she then moved to Walla Walla to work with her son James McEwen at Smith Insulation.
Shirley loved to garden, she would design garden beds around her rental houses, the yards were always well manicured. She needle pointed several large pictures, and loved to sew. She was never idle, she always had a business venture going on. She bought older homes and remodeled them, making exquisite homes for her renters. Her favorite days were spent at Wallowa Lake with the family, reading on the porch overlooking the river.
Her two sons, Steven and James McEwen were blessed with a wonderful mother. She was a loving, devoted, and selfless mom. A friend and a lifelong source of comfort and support. As a mother-in-law this term only defines the relationship, it does not describe it, she took on two daughters-in-law, she was a gift from God to them.
Shirley's grandchildren were her life, they gave her so much joy. She would get them to do odd jobs helping with all of her rentals, as to encourage them to be good and responsible workers. She was the matriarch of the family, Shirley's strength of character taught us respect, hard work, to be graceful and kind for there is no greater glory than to leave this world with the imperishable crown of a good name.
Beloved daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend......We will always love you, until we meet again in our hearts you will stay...
Shirley is survived by two sons, Steven McEwen (Cally), James McEwen (Kerry); sisters, Shirley Baker Phelps (Bob Phelps) and Karen Baker Chatham (Rob Chatham); niece's, Debbie Weis, Katherine Kololdy; nephew's, Kenny and John Phillips; grandchildren, Jacob McEwen, Jessica and Shaye Straw, Matthew McEwen, Zacharia and Samantha McEwen, Elijah McEwen and Jaimalyn McEwen; great-grandchildren, Jason and Oliver McEwen and Gibson Straw; also surviving are many Baker relatives, Torgersen relatives, and Cummins relatives too many to list, but not less important to her, as she loved you all. Preceding her in death, was her dearly beloved mother, Stella Grace Baker; brother, Archie Phillips (Juanita); brother Byron Baker (Rae) and nephew, Leland Phillips, and many more loved ones too many to list.