Delta County resident Shirley Virginia Hodgin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta, Colo. She was 96 years of age.
A graveside funeral service honoring Shirley's life was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Delta City Cemetery with Garnet Chapter Order of Eastern Star #39 presiding.
Shirley Virginia Schmidt was born to Julius Fredrick and Virgie (Woodford) Schmidt on Aug. 4, 1916, in Grand Junction, Colo. She spent her childhood in Grand Junction and Delta. Shirley graduated from Delta High School with the class of 1934. Following high school, Shirley attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., for one year.
On June 23, 1936, Shirley married Gordon Vernon Hodgin at the Presbyterian Church in Delta, Colo. To this union, three children were born. Shirley and Gordon shared 70 years of marriage together before Gordon's passing on June 30, 2006, in Delta, Colo.
Shirley was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed painting, needlepoint, leatherwork, pottery and stained glass.She joyfully gave countless hours of volunteer work as a pink lady for the Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Delta Presbyterian Church where she played the organ for over 40 years. She was a 76+-year member of the Garnet Chapter #39 Order of Eastern Star, serving as a past matron. She was also a member of several local bridge clubs. Above all, Shirley loved and cherished her family.
Shirley is survived by a son, Ronald Gordon (Lucy) Hodgin of Delta, Colo.; and a daughter, Shari Kay (Gary) Reeder of Grand Junction, Colo. Shirley is further survived by three grandchildren, Gregory Hodgin of New Orleans, La., Mitchell Hodgin and spouse Keri of Gunnison, and Derek Hodgin and spouse Melody of Delta; and three great-grandchildren, Ryder Hodgin of Gunnison and Preston and Peyton Hodgin of Delta, Colo.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Hodgin; and a son, Lance Hodgin.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Shirley's memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416; or to the Delta Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 143, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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