Shirley LaVon (Callies) Herndon, age 85, passed with peace and grace on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at her home at Deer Crest, Red Wing.
Shirley was born in Bridgewater, SD. Her family moved to Sioux Falls when Shirley was 10 years old. Immediately following graduation from Washington High School, Shirley moved to Sacramento, CA. She met the love of her life, Charlie, on New Year’s Eve 1951. After a whirlwind courtship of only 21 days, she and Charlie were united in marriage on January 20, 1952.
Shirley enjoyed her career as an accounting clerk for the Federal government, working at McClellan Air Force Base until her retirement in 1987.
Shirley and Charlie loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises. They also loved entertaining neighbors, friends and family in their backyard. They enjoyed camping and spent numerous hours fishing in their boat. After Charlie’s passing, Shirley moved to Cannon Falls, MN to be closer to family. She will always be remembered as a loving sister and aunt.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charlie in 2005; her parents, Carl and Bertha Callies; sisters, Margaret Faber, Irene Wheelock, and Rhoda Faber; brothers, Richard, Calvin and Clifford Callies; sisters-in-law, Martha Callies and Joan Callies; brothers-in-law, Ewald Faber and Milton Wheelock; and some nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
She is survived by her sister, Lois (Floyd) Haeuszer of Cannon Falls; brothers, D.R. “Fuzzy” Callies of Sioux Falls, SD and Ron (Dorothy) Callies of Spearfish, SD; brother-in-law, Claude Herndon of Springfield, OR; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, 30289 59th Ave Way, Cannon Falls on Friday, December 29 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation from 12-1 p.m. Memorials are preferred to donor’s choice.
She leaves us rich in memories.