Shirley Monroe


Shirley Ann Monroe, 81, of Columbus, passed away shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility where she, her family and friends received exceptional care and support. She was with her husband of 63 years, Robert “Bob,” sons, Chris and Craig, and her daughter-in-law, Becky, at the time of her passing. In her final days she was able to see her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, many friends and her pastor. She had been in failing health for the past several months.

Shirley was born to the late Roger and Freda Ledgerwood McKinney on April 2, 1935, in Alfordsville, Indiana. She was the oldest of three children.

Shirley graduated from Seymour High School in 1953. She married her husband Bob in Seymour on August 30, 1953.

Her first job was at Welmer’s Jewelry Store in Seymour. She followed her husband to Fort Hood, Texas, after he enlisted in the U.S. Army. She returned to Seymour shortly after the birth of her son, Chris, at Fort Hood. After Bob completed his enlistment, they resided in Seymour where their son, Craig, was born. They moved to Columbus where she became employed at Cummins Engine Company. She worked in Benefits for a number of years and then in Retirement Benefits after the department was divided into Insurance Benefits and Retirement Benefits. While working as Retirement Benefits Administrator, she worked with many persons who retired and others, who all spoke very highly of her competence, patience and compassion. She retired from Cummins after over 30 years of employment.

She and Bob have 2 children, Chris and Craig (Becky) Monroe, all living in Columbus. They also have five grandchildren, Cole Monroe, who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada; Carrie (Derek) Monroe Henderson, who lives in Fairfield, California, with her stepdaughter, Jordan Henderson; Danielle (Ashley) Boyd, who lives in Weatherford, Texas, with her three children, Clark, Daphne and Emmett; Clayton, who is in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in Kings Bay, Georgia; and Madison, who lives in Columbus with her son, Henry, and Henry’s father, Glen (Robbie) Alden, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Pat McKinney, who lives in Alabama, and Phyllis McKinney Hess, who lives in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her younger brothers, Gordon McKinney, who lived in Alabama, and Scott McKinney, who lived in Columbus.

The funeral service for Shirley will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Westside Community Church with Pastor Dennis Aud officiating. Burial will follow at Sodom Cemetery near Scottsburg. Calling will be at the church Monday from 4 to 8 p. m. and Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that memorial contributions be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Westside Community Church of Columbus, Indiana.

Arrangements were made by Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street.

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