Shirley M. Greiner

Dec 01, 1922 - Feb 19, 2021

Shirley M. Greiner

December 01, 1922 - February 19, 2021


Shirley M. Ellis Greiner, the youngest daughter of Clyde W. Ellis and Mina Mae Packard was born December 1, 1922, in Trenton, Missouri. Mrs. Greiner passed away Friday, February 19, 2021, at Avista Senior Living in Phoenix, Arizona, from complications of congestive heart failure.

Shirley met Robert R. Greiner, a US Army Air Corp Sgt., in 1943 while working at the Glen L. Martin airplane factory, where Shirley was a parts supervisor. They were married two years later on September 29, 1945 in Omaha, Nebraska. They had been married nearly 63 years, when Bob passed away on Father's Day, June 15, 2008 in Trenton, Missouri.

She was a professional seamstress for nearly 50 years and raised their four daughters as Bob climbed the corporate ladder, moving 20 times crisscrossing the Midwest. After Bob retired, he and Shirley spent ten years as "Snowbirds", pulling their travel-trailer from Minnesota to Weslaco, Texas, where they spent the winter having fun with other retired folks from Trenton.

From a musical family, Shirley had a fine soprano voice and loved music. She was a talented quilter and amateur painter. Her favorite color was blue. She was an excellent cook and baker, especially Christmas cookies. Her pie crust would melt in your mouth. She loved gardening and bird watching. Shirley was a descendant of the Mayflower passengers and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an exceptional volunteer in her church and her community. She was a devoted and loving caregiver to family, friends and neighbors, her entire life.

Her most memorable times were spent at the family cabin in the Northwoods of Minnesota, catching those big crappies. The last of her generation, she was a hardworking, independent Christian woman who strongly believed that her purpose on this Earth was to help others, and so, she gave of her time and talents wherever she lived.

"G.G." as she was affectionately called by the youngest in her family, is survived by her four daughters: Mrs. Cheryl Ann Bibler (William), Mrs. Barbara Lynn Janson (Richard), Mrs. Janet Sue Kinney (Ronald) and Patricia Marie Travis, 7 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Shirley will be fondly remembered for her generosity, humility, and sweet personality. She will always be admired for her work ethic and her determination in the face of adversity- even until her final days.

A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of this extraordinary woman, Mrs. Shirley Greiner on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:00am, Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary (Courtyard), 6500 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ. Due to Covid services are limited to family, close friends, and fellow quilters.

Shirley will come home to join her husband and the Tapscott-Ellis family in the Trenton Masonic Cemetery in late April 2021 when a gathering of family and friends will say goodbye to our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother, knowing she is finally at rest with the Lord.

In lieu of flowers, Shirley requested donations be made to:

St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix

The Arizona Quilters Guild or

Devereux Schools Arizona


Sat, Mar 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
Hansen Desert Hills Courtyard

6500 E. Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Let the family know who you are using our sign-in form below.

Just for verification: we never spam!

Get service directions in your inbox.

we never spam!

Get updates

Sign up to receive a notification daily whenever there is an update on this obituary.


we never spam!