Shirley Mae Stonehouse

East Tawas, Michigan
March 19, 1934 - June 21, 2019


According to Shirley's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at

Obituary Notice

Shirley Mae Stonehouse, age 85, of East Tawas, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 21, 2019. She was born March 19, 1934 in Pottawatomie County, Kansas to the late Orval G. and Ruby A. (Tilton) Proper.
Shirley was a 1953 graduate of East Tawas High School. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and community volunteer for all. Shirley truly lived life to the fullest through the simple pleasures of rummage sales, playing cards with friends and family and spending time with fellow community residents at the Tawas Area Senior Center. Shirley retired from the Tawas Area School District after a career of service.
Shirley is survived by her sister, Marie (Chester) Smyczynski; children, Timothy and Naomi Stonehouse, Jody and Ross McAvoy, Barbara and Frank Lopez, Jane Stonehouse and Jim Fox, and Charlie and Vicki Stonehouse; grandchildren, Sam and Bethany McAvoy, Ross McAvoy, Kristina and Kayla Lopez, Maggie Stonehouse-Long and Brittany Long, Adam Classen, Christina and Matt Benchley, Jennifer and Matt Greenbaum, Timothy and Brianna Densmore and Clarence, Roger, Matthew, and Amanda Zastrow; great grandchildren, Liam and Lena McAvoy, Landon and Talon Benchley; dearest friends, Marilyn Spain and Lorrie Malesko; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Orval and Ruby, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Stonehouse.
According to Shirley’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be offered at


Charlie and Family, My deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of your beautiful Mother. Shirley was a kind lady and every time I seen her.....she was with you, Vicki and her Grandbabies. May all of you cherish the many wonderful memories you have of her.
— Kathi (Challenger) Trincilla-Brabow
Such a sad time for friends and family. God be with you all. She will be so missed.
— June Groff
Dear Shirley,
God bless you and I know you will be waiting for me. You have always been that kind of friend.
Love 💕
— Mary Krueger
A wonderful lady. My sympathy to the family.
— Sally Krueger
We were so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Shirley was always a joy to be around and gave the best hugs. Love to all the family. Mike and Bunny Coyle
— Bonita Coyle
The Family of Shirley, what a special lady she was and also had a smile for anyone she seen. May all the wonderful memories help you through the difficult days.
— Dee & Dave Schirmer
R,I.P. sweet beautiful lady
— Patti and Dennis
We sharing in your sorrow with love and fond memories of Aunt Shirley

Kelly and Lisa Cronk
— Kelly and Lisa Cronk
Charlie, Timmy & Family,
I am saddened to hear of Shirley's passing. While I don't have many memories of her, they all are joyous! Hugs to everyone.
— Bev Bernard-VanHorn
So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Glenn and I always enjoyed the company of your Mom and Dad throughout the years. Love and sympathy to all the family.
— Dorothy Hill Lloyd
Mom will never forget the many happy times her and Shirley shared together as “Thelma and Louise.” The best of friends, depending on each other in many ways. Shirley was always a delight to be with, generous in all ways, loving to all. We will miss her immensely.
— Tom and Bonnie Spain
We here at Cooper Standard, East Tawas want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.
— From Everyone here at Cooper Standard, East Tawas
To the people whom I consider my second family, I am so so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Shirley was such a special women that I had the privilege of knowing for many years. Her smile & laughter was infectious and will never be forgotten. We love each of you & will continue to keep y’all in our prayers.
— Mandie, Shane & Mia Carroll
So sad for all of you,your mom was always so sweet and pleasant ! Always with a smile! Have peace in the fact that she had no suffering !! Love and prayers to all of you ❤️
— Bob and shelley
Oh what a beautiful and loving Mom. We send love and hugs, and will cherish kind memories.
— Bonnie and Ken Hawver
Tim, Jody, Barb, Jane, Charlie Brown and families,
I am so sorry for your loss! Aunt Shirley was such a great lady and I have nothing but great memories of her. With love,
— Geri Alice

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