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OBIT: Shirley Kay Crooks



This news story was published on January 11, 2022.
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Shirley K. Crooks, 84, of Mason City passed away peacefully Monday, January 10, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Joseph Crooks at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City in a private family graveside service.
The family will greet friends and relatives in a celebration of her life from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City, IA.

Shirley Kay Nelson was born January 19, 1937 in Mason City the daughter of Clarence and Arcley (Bell) Nelson. Growing up in rural Mason City she attended Nora Springs School. She was blessed with four children, Bruce, Harvey, Timothy and Roxane. For many years she was a part of the Royal Neighbors and took pride in being a Den Mother. On November 8, 1974 she married the love of her life, Joseph Crooks and they began their wonderful life together. They built their home on an acreage outside of Plymouth for twenty-five years before moving into Mason City.

Shirley and Joe spent lots of time on the road, travelling all over the area. They looked forward to evenings spent bowling, dancing, and playing cards. Shirley was a wonderful cook who could turn anything into a delicious meal. She took pride in her bountiful garden over the years and looked forward to canning her harvest to enjoy over the winter. Shirley was a huge football fan and could always be found in front of the TV on Sunday. In her later years Shirley enjoyed reading, playing board games and completing puzzles to share with others. In the past year she grew to love her four legged companion, Briggs. Most of all, she lived for her children and her family and loved each one of them dearly.

Shirley is survived by her four children, Bruce (Laurie) Jeffries, Harvey (Sharon) Jeffries, Tim (Cheryl) Jeffries, and Roxie Francis; ten grandchildren, Cathy, Stacy, Kirk, Nichole, Michelle, Brooke, Brittany, Nathan, Allison, Tosha; many beloved great and great-great grandchildren; a sister, Sandra Schinke; as well as numerous extended family members and cherished friends.

Preceding her in death are her husband in 2017, Joe; a infant son; a granddaughter, Brandee; two infant grandsons; and parents, Clarence and Arcley Nelson.

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