Shirley A. Sproul

Mesa, Arizona
May 11, 1932 - December 20, 2017


The family will welcome friends on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 10 AM until the time of service beginning at 11 AM at Hope St. John's Church in Oscoda, MI.

Service Location

Hope St. John's Church ~ Oscoda, Michigan


The family will welcome friends on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 10 AM until the time of service beginning at 11 AM at Hope St. John's Church in Oscoda, MI.

Obituary Notice

Shirley Ann Sproul passed gently into the arms of her Savior on December 20, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. Shirley was born on May 11, 1932 in Imlay City, the only child of Arnold and Violet Bade. She grew up in Detroit, MI and graduated from Denby High School. Her first job was at Michigan Bell Telephone. She met the love of her life when Don Sproul frequented her aunt and uncle’s café in Oscoda. The pie drew him, but Shirley kept him coming back. The two married in 1952 while Don served in the Air Force. They started a family in 1956 and would have six children, one of whom died in infancy. Shirley and Don raised their children in Alaska where he worked as an air traffic controller. They weathered the Anchorage earthquake of 1964 and the Fairbanks flood of 1967. Shirley served actively at Fairbanks Lutheran Church, as well as in the American Lutheran Christian Women’s Club, of which she was president for a term in the 1970’s. In addition to raising her own children, Shirley provided loving daycare for many others over the years. She participated in numerous Bible study groups, Women’s Aglow Fellowship and Stephens Ministries in her lifetime. When the couple returned to Oscoda in the 1980s they attended Hope Lutheran Church. Shirley organized a number of women’s retreats through her church in the 1990s. She worked for a time for Don Griffin of HomeFinder Realty as well as for the Michigan Deerhunters’ Association. Many lady friends enjoyed Shirley’s hospitality as she opened her home for Bible studies and movie nights that began with a potluck and ended in prayer. Friends and family remember Shirley as a humble woman of great faith who never spoke a harsh word. An exemplary wife and mother, she faced trials with courage and faithfulness. Her home was a place of peace where the smell of fresh bread often filled the air. She was deeply loved, and will be deeply missed. Shirley is survived by her five living children and their spouses: Kathy Bottjen (Robin); Jim Sproul (Heather); Tom Sproul (Jan); Karen Rasmussen (Bill); and Tim Sproul (Kathy) as well as 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The family invites donations to be made in lieu of flowers to Hope St. John's Parish. Many thanks to Rev. Tom Barbret, Buresh Family Funeral Home and the hospitality volunteers of Hope St. John's Parish.


Oscoda Pinecrest Cemetery


The loss of a cherished loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are family and friends who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. God will comfort you during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are also with you and your family.
— Williams Family
All of our prayers go out to you and family.
Bill & Marilynn Underwood and Rick & Debra Underwood
— Rick Underwood
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley’s family. Cherish the memories of this gracious lady. We remember her calm sweet spirit and ready smile. Don and Shirley were our first neighbors in Alaska in 1966. May you find comfort in remembering her love for you.
— The Beckley Family

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