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Shirley M. Dunphy

1929 to 2015


Shirley M. Dunphy, 85 of Sidney, passed away at her home Friday evening, March 20, 2015.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 27 with Wake Services at 6 p.m., Thursday evening, March 26. Both Services will be in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Jim Heithoff officiating. Inurnment will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver at a later date. Cremation has been held. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday until 4 p.m. to sign Shirley's register book and leave condolences for the family.

You may view Shirley's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Shirley's care and funeral arrangements.

Shirley Mae Dunphy, the daughter of Harvey Matthew and Frances Alleene (McLain) Stitt, was born on July 10, 1929 at Kansas City, Mo. She grew up and attended schools in the area and following High School graduation she began her life's journey in Denver, with a beloved Aunt and Uncle. There she met and married the forever love of her life, Arthur "Lynn" Dunphy on Feb. 18, 1950. They shared their lives for sixty-four years, raising three children with love and wisdom. Once the children were grown, Shirley was always at Lynn's side as they shared business ventures, travel and their children's lives. She was always available for a warm smile, a hug and sage advice for anyone in need. Shirley loved cooking, decorating, reading and "socializing", which was how she referred to working. She worked at Finney's, Foster Lumber and completed her working career with ten years at Wal-Mart, retiring at the age of eighty-four.

Shirley is survived by (2) daughters: Teresa "Tess" Rood and husband Dean of Sidney and Dawn Knight of Brush, Colo .; (8) grandchildren: Todd Haselgren of Gurley, Adam Haselgren of Tulsa, Okla., Shannon Smelley and husband Steve of Lodgepole, Jesse Rood of Fort Collins, Kari Rood of Sidney, Samantha Ewertz and husband Chris, Ashley Knight and significant other Monty Torres and Courtney Knight all of Brush; (5) great-grandchildren: Ireland and Anderson, Adilynn, Evan, and Kendyl and numerous extended family members and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Lynn in 2014, (1) son: Timothy and wife Barbara and son-in-law: Ken Knight.


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