Shirley Ann Wooldridge, 88, passed away Oct 29 at The Peaks Skilled Nursing facility from a stroke. Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Shirley was born September 12, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington to William Loren Schmitt and Clarice Goldie Stoops. She moved as a teenager with her family to Modesto, California, where her family farmed and had a dairy. She graduated from Modesto High School and was later employed as the school secretary. Shirley met the love of her life, Robert Wooldridge, while employed as the school secretary at Modesto High School. She was a long time resident of Flagstaff, having moved to Flagstaff from what is now Dhaka Bangladesh in 1967. Shirley spent many years in the fifties “commuting” through Flagstaff on Route 66 while Robert earned degrees from Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State University) and the University of Missouri. Shirley was active in the NAU Faculty Wives, The Federated Community Church, the Church of the Resurrection, and the Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. Shirley was also an active member of the Coconino chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Huguenot Society of Arizona. She and Robert spent many years travelling until Robert’s Parkinson’s disease became too severe for them to continue to travel. Shirley was Robert’s caregiver until his death in 2011. After Robert’s passing, she traveled extensively to visit her children.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Robert E Wooldridge. She is survived by her 4 children: David (Janet), Pamela Hightower, Scott R. (Ginette) and Nancy Solheim (Allan), as well as her seven grandchildren: Rafferty (Jane), Jason Hightower, Heather Hightower, Robert Wooldridge, James Wooldridge, Lorraine Barker, Randy Barker and her great grand daughter, Elizabeth Wooldridge.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 1:00p.m., Saturday, December 2nd at the First Southern Baptist Church, 951 N, Switzer Canyon Dr., Flagstaff, Arizona. Shirley was interned at Citizens Cemetery, Flagstaff, Arizona next to Robert. We would like to thank Shirley’s friends for being there for her these many decades, up until her passing, and the support they have given the family.
Memories and condolences can be shared with family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com