Shirley Mae O'Donnell

August 28, 1936 - December 13, 2012

Shirley Mae O’Donnell passed away Dec. 13, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center at the age of 76.
Shirley was born in Spokane to Joe and Sylvia Parkins Schutz on Aug. 28, 1936. She lived with her family in Moscow, Idaho, before moving to the Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater area, where she attended school. She married Lawrence Edwards on Sept. 24, 1953, and they had five children together. They later divorced and Shirley moved to Walla Walla, where she met and married Colin (Tim) O’Donnell on May 11, 1975, in Dayton.

She worked at various jobs throughout her life but her main focus was being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Shirley was still doting and caring for all of her extended family until the last week of her life. She always enjoyed working in her garden and taking care of her yard. Shirley was always taking in stray dogs, cats, horses and an occasional kid.

She is survived by her husband, Tim; mother, Sylvia Brunner; sister, Betty Turley; brother, Bob (Margaret) Schutz; her five children, Kay Edwards, Larry (Anna) Edwards, Patty Casteel, Jacquie Frank, Lori Edwards; stepson, Tim (Kami) O’Donnell; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; sister, Karen Reynolds; and her longtime companion who was truly her adopted father, Orville Sherlock.

The memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, with Rev. Sandeve Morris officiating. There will be a private family interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tall Elks Therapy Program through the funeral home. Family & friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at


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