Shirley Imler, 81, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson, Iowa. At a later date, there will be a private interment at Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson.
Shirley Jean Imler was born October 25, 1936 in a log cabin in Guthrie County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Dargen Wailes and George Wailes. Shirley attended school in Bayard, Iowa.
On June 5, 1955, Shirley was united in marriage to Dean Imler at the First Christian Church in Perry. Shirley and Dean began their married life in the Perry area. They became the parents of three children: Dan, Dave and Kim. Shirley, Dean and their family moved and worked in numerous locations throughout the years. By 1985, they made Jefferson their home, and have remained Jefferson residents.
Shirley was a hard worker all of her life. As a youngster, she did babysitting. After her marriage she gardened, cooked for farm hands, was a house-keeper and was a wonderful mother and wife. She and the children walked many fields of beans, including one summer of walking over 1000 acres.
Shirley loved her family. She was an expert at baking cinnamon rolls, and the grandchildren enjoyed her efforts!
Shirley has been a long-time member of the Methodist Church in Bayard. In recent years, she attended church in Jefferson.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Dean Wailes and daughter-in-law, Joyce Imler.
Survivors include her husband, Dean Imler of Jefferson; two sons, Dan (Gaye) Imler of Bayard and Dave (Joyce, dec.) Imler of Lake Mills, Iowa; a daughter, Kim (Art) Jacobson of Jefferson; three sisters: Beverly (Mike) Lorenzen of Charter Oak, Iowa, Clara (Marvin) Johnson of Coon Rapids and Kathryn (Richard) Hunter of Scranton; a brother: Denny (Leannah) Wailes of Scranton; seven grandchildren: Jordan (Jacqueline) Imler, Zachery (Kara) Imler, April (Mike) Gambell, Joshua (Jackie) Imler, Mandy Jacobson, Matt (Abby) Jacobson and Ben Jacobson; six great-grandchildren: Faith, Hunter, Delaney, Pearl, Kilala and Leo; other relatives and friends.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, 515-386-2171.