Shirletta Orchard

Shirletta Orchard, daughter of Bill and Irene (Swartz) Boulware, was born Feb. 9, 1938, in Scranton. She passed away on May 25 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. Shirletta was 84 years old.

Shirletta grew up in Scranton and graduated from Scranton High School in 1956. After graduating, she attended Iowa Beauty School in Des Moines. On Dec. 17, 1958, she was united in marriage to Jackson Orchard in Scranton. They moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, while Jack was stationed in the military for two years. In 1960 they moved back to Jefferson where they still reside. Jack and Shirletta were married for 63 years. They were actively involved with their children Chris, Pam, Cindy, and their families.

Shirletta was a social butterfly. She enjoyed playing cards, belonging to several bridge clubs, gardening, golfing, and even helped in her daughter’s grooming salon. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years and also a member of the Church of Christ in Scranton. Her passion was quilting. She made many quilts over the years for family and friends.

Shirletta is survived by her husband Jack, her children: Chris (Jody) Orchard of Jefferson, Pamela Hilsabeck of Ankeny, and Cynthia (Dick) Zieser of Guthrie Center; grandchildren Jennifer (Eric) Webb of Dallas Center and Seth (Megan) Zieser of Ward, AR; great grandchildren Blake, Mason, Gracie, and Allison and her grand dog Carlee, who she adored. She is survived by her twin sister, Sharletta Boulware of Council Bluffs, Izetta Dierking of Walnut, Arletta Williams of Crete, NE, Marietta Coil of Jefferson, and Roy Boulware of Ames.   

Memorials are suggested to the new Greene County Animal Shelter in Jefferson. If you are a blood donor, please consider making a blood donation in memory of Shirletta.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Greene County Medical Center and Unity Point Hospice for their excellent care and love during this time. Services by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson

Visitation was held May 28 at First Baptist Church in Jefferson. The funeral service was held May 28 at First Baptist Church. 

Private Family Committal Service was at Scranton Township Cemetery.

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