Shirley House, of Columbia, Sept. 7, 1923 — March 27, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013 | 9:55 a.m. CDT; updated 10:01 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 29, 2013

Shirley M. House passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

She was married to Oliver J. House in June of 1947. He preceded her in death.

Shirley earned her RN degree and served a long dedicated career in nursing. During World War II she was a member of the Army Cadet Nursing Corps, and later spent 20 years at Woodhaven Learning Center for Exceptional Children.

She was honored for her many years of service as a volunteer nurse at Columbia Regional Hospital, for Meals on Wheels and the Wardrobe. She was a charter member at Broadway Christian Church and was one of the first two women elders.

Shirley is survived by four children, Sandra K. Baker and husband, Philip Bouchard, of St. Louis;, Janet S. Brooks, of Kansas City, Mo., Kerry J. House and wife,Rita, of St. Charles, Mo., and Donna M. Stone, of Olathe, Kan. She is also survived by a brother, Franklin D. Barrett, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert L. Barrett; a sister, Betty J. Sklenar; one grandson, and one great-grandson.

Services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Broadway Christian Church, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. and the funeral service beginning immediately afterward at 2 p.m. Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery at the conclusion of the service.

The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Broadway Christian Church. Tributes can be left online at

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