Shirley McCormick Obituary: Shirley McCormick’s Obituary by the Topeka Capital-Journal

Shirley McCormick

Shirley McCormick, 81, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009. She was born November 12, 1928 in Lawton, OK the daughter of John M. and Emma C. Westfall. She graduated from Topeka High School. She was joined in marriage to William Bliss (Bill) McCormick on June 9, 1950 and together they raised five daughters. She enjoyed and actively participated in political campaigns and charitable causes in her role as First Lady of Topeka while her husband Bill served as Mayor of Topeka from 1971 to 1983. She was an excellent cook, avid gardener and community volunteer. She was a Girl Scout leader, PTA President, member of the Topeka Rose Society, Mulvane Art Museum Board and Topeka Bar Auxiliary. She shared her culinary skills by chairing the ERC Designer Show House lunchroom for many years and oversaw the planning and preparation of food for events at First Presbyterian Church as well as various community organizations. Paramount to her life was her family and she supported them with the love, grace and devotion that only a wife and mother can give. Survivors include daughters Timili Gartner, Mary McCormick, Lory Miller (Brad), Jamie McCormick, Jennifer McCormick (Chris Jarvis); grandchildren Megan Knoettgen, William Wesley Gartner, Emily and Andrew Miller and Emma Jarvis; great-grandchildren Katherine, Jay and Grace Knoettgen; brother Roy Westfall and twelve nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson William Jarvis, sister Polly Grandmontagne and brothers John and Lewis Westfall. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 18 at First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 817 SW Harrison, Topeka, KS, 66612 ; Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N Kansas, Topeka, KS 66608 or Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Rd, Topeka, Kansas 66617 Shirley McCormick


Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2009