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Columbia Missourian

Shirley House was a charter member of Broadway Christian Church

By Missourian staff
March 29, 2013 | 10:01 a.m. CDT

Shirley M. House died Wednesday, March 27, 2013. She was 89.

Mrs. House was married to Oliver J. House in June 1947, and he preceded her in death.

She 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 one of the first two women elders.

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

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

The visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Broadway Christian Church, with the funeral service beginning immediately afterward. Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery at the conclusion of the service.

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