LEWISBURG – Shirley June Walburn, 98, of RiverWoods Community in Lewisburg, PA, passed away with family by her side on July 31, 2022.
Born September 20, 1923 in Sunbury, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Frances Mae (Spears) Clark and graduated valedictorian in 1941 from Coal Township High School.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her late husbands, 43 years with Walter E Walburn, and 11 years with Leon H Walburn; her sons Leon ‘Skip’ Walburn, Arthur Walburn, and Marshall Walburn; her siblings Myra Reitz, Alberta Mowery, Walter Clark, and Arthur Clark.
She is survived by five children, Scott Walburn and his wife, Judy (Keppard) of Tunkhannock, Wade Walburn and his wife, Debra (Reuter) of East Petersburg, Frances Emrick and her husband, Reverend Dennis of Pottstown, Alberta Elliott and her husband, Gregory of Lancaster, and Mary Dietz and her husband, Roger of Mt. Pleasant Mills; three daughters-in-law, Roberta (Hornung) Walburn of Tunkhannock, Carol (Madden) Walburn of Shamokin, and Sharon (Rosengrant) Walburn of Mehoopany; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren.
She was a faithful 50-year member of the Chestnut Street Methodist Church serving as a Sunday School teacher, director of VBS, assistant church organist, Department Supervisor, and Chairman of the board. She was a member and organist for Shamokin’s 7th Steet PM Church. More recently attending Lewisburg Bible Church, she served as assistant organist. As a music teacher, Shirley produced several Christian musicals at Shamokin’s Chestnut Street Church and Meadowview Christian School. She was a certified Child Evangelism teacher for 40 years and a Charter Member of the Shamokin Christian Woman’s Club serving on the board for 40 years. She was a graduate of Central Penn Bible School and attended Bloomsburg College.
In her community she served 14 years as the Coal Township Judge of Elections. At RiverWoods, she volunteered as a Slifer House docent, Women’s Auxiliary Secretary, and RiverWoods Life Care Center Greeter.
Shirley was a devoted mother to her large family. She was an accomplished seamstress and an exceptional baker who delighted family and friends with her delicious breads, pies, and elaborate birthday and wedding cakes. She also enjoyed reading, playing the piano and organ, and family events.
Shirley June Walburn, 98, of RiverWoods – Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11:00 am with Reverend Dennis Emrick, officiating at Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W Chestnut Street, Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor. Viewing for family and friends will be from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will follow the service at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Coal Township. Memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to: Child Evangelism Fellowship, PO Box 4375, Harrisburg, PA, 17111, or RiverWoods Auxiliary, 3201 River Road, Lewisburg, PA, 17837. To send condolences to the family please visit www.farrowfh.com
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