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November 30, 2012

Shirley Morrell

The Daily Star

---- — Shirley Morrell

OTEGO — Shirley Morrell, 72, a longtime resident of Otego, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on March 23, 1940, in Summit, the daughter of the late Harold and Estella (Gray) Van Valkenburgh. She attended Richmondville Central School. On June 24, 1967, Shirley married Ronald B. Morrell in Davenport and celebrated 45 years together.

She was a very hard working woman who really enjoyed her job at Amphenol, where she worked for more than 37 years, retiring earlier this year. When she wasn’t working, Shirley devoted much of her free time to her grandchildren, who she loved very much. Her favorite hobbies included dancing, collecting “cows” and she loved to go shopping.

Shirley was a member of the Moose Lodge of Sidney and the Otego Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ronald B. Morrell of Otego; her daughters, Debbie DeSilva and her companion, Kevin Smith of Oneonta and Sharon Murwin and her companion, Jerry Lester of Otego; her two grandsons, Jarrett DeSilva of Oneonta and Randy Murwin of Otego; her two granddaughters, Jenna DeSilva of Oneonta and Stephanie Murwin of Oneonta; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Russell Van Valkenburgh.

In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours or funeral service.

Memorial donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the Otego Fire Department, 5 River St., Otego, NY 13825.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Otego.