Shirley Mae Orum, 92, of Prineville passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. There will be a visitation held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Whispering Pines Funeral Home (3168 NE 3rd Street) from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There will be a service held on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 12:30 PM at Whispering Pines Funeral Home with a burial to follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery (1555 N. Main). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wounded Warrior Project or the Prineville Senior Center in her name - Shirley Mae Orum. To light a candle for Shirley or leave an online condolence for the family, please go to: www.whisperingpinesfuneralhome.com
Shirley was born on January 26, 1930, in Ava, Missouri to her loving parents, Earl and Myrtle (Berry) Ferguson. She was the fourth out of six children. Her childhood was spent on the family farm in Missouri.
She married the love of her life, Walter Howard Orum WWII Veteran, on June 28, 1947. Her and Walt had two children, daughters Rita and Michelle. They resided in Southern California, Washington, Arizona and Oregon during their 72 year marriage. Shirley’s greatest joy in life was her family – extended and immediate, including her two daughters, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Shirley had a long and rewarding career as a nurse in Washington and California. Once retired, Shirley and Walt enjoyed traveling in their RV, and trips to Hawaii and Alaska, and finally settling down in Prineville. One of her most memorable trips with Walt was to Washington DC on the Honor Flight, in recognition of WW11 Veterans. They toured the many memorials and sites dedicated to those who served and sacrificed for our great country. Shirley always enjoyed sewing, quilting and dancing with her husband. As a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Prineville, she was incredibly proud to be part of the church’s quilting group for nearly 25 years. She developed many of her most precious friendships in this group and at her church. Most of all she loved and cherished her husband. They spent many evenings dancing together throughout the years or she would sit proudly in the audience when Walt played his guitar and sang. Shirley leaves a legacy of faith, love and service.She is survived by her daughters, Rita Mae Thompson and Michelle Annette Zack; Rita’s daughter Heather (Casey) and sons Jack and Max Kralik; Michelle’s son Doug (Danielle) and son Holden; daughter Brandy and sons James and Jacob (Kristi) Cook, and their daughter Rayleigh; son Nick and his daughters Scottlynn and Everleigh Chinn.
She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers and one sister; and great grandson Riley Chinn. We would like to thank all those who cared for, loved and supported Shirley through the years.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.3168 NE 3rd Street ~ Prineville, Oregon 97754 (541) 416-9733
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