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Shirley (Younker) Wilcox

March 18, 1929 ~ September 11, 2017 (age 88)

Shirley Younker Wilcox 88, North Manchester, Indiana passed away on September 11, 2017 at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Indiana

Mrs. Wilcox was born in 1929 in Chicago, to Edna Mae (Burrous) and Dr. Frank T. Younker, who was interning there.

The family moved to Bremen, Indiana and later moved at first to the home of Mrs. Younker’s parents near Young America, Indiana, and then settled in Galesburg, Wisconsin, where Dr. Younker had his medical practice.

After her parents divorced in 1936, Shirley lived again in Bremen and then in North Manchester, Indiana, where she graduated from Central High School and attended Manchester College for two years.

She married Marion Wilcox in 1948. He died in October, 2006. Survivors include two sons Matthew (Sara) Wilcox, Huntington, Indiana and Kenneth Hall, Columbus, Ohio; three daughters Leslie Melcher of Greer, South Carolina, Rebecca (Brian) King, Tipton, Indiana and Jeannette (Craig Stine) Wilcox, Greenville, South Carolina; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two half-sisters, Phoebe Palazzo and Mary Ann (Cameron A.)Hall live in California and Montana. 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Edna Mae and Frank Younker; one son Keith Wilcox; one sister, C. Constance (Max) Boyer.

Mrs. Wilcox was a farm wife and writer who had some 130 articles and stories published. For several years, she was employed by Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Shirley enjoyed singing in the United Methodist Choir and Peabody Entertainers groups. As a freshman at Manchester College, Shirley became the Editor of the Oak Leaf, the College’s newspaper.

Family and friends may call Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at McKee Mortuary. There will be calling one hour to the start of the funeral service on Friday. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, Indiana. Pastor Mark Eastway  will officiate.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Shirley E. Wilcox, memorial contributions may be made to either White’s Residential & Family Services, 5233 S 50 E, Wabash, IN 46992 or Peabody Caring Circle, 400 West 7th Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.


Charitable donations may be made to:

White's Residential & Family Services
5233 South 50 East, Wabash IN 46992

Peabody Caring Circle
400 West 7th Street, North Manchester IN 46962



 Service Information

Visitation
Thursday
September 14, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McKee Mortuary Inc.
1401 State Road 114 West
North Manchester, IN 46962

Visitation
Friday
September 15, 2017

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
McKee Mortuary Inc.
1401 State Road 114 West
North Manchester, IN 46962

Funeral Service
Friday
September 15, 2017

2:00 PM
McKee Mortuary Inc.
1401 State Road 114 West
North Manchester, IN 46962


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