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Shirley Jean Souris

Jul 27, 1937 - May 24, 2021

Shirley Jean Souris

July 27, 1937 - May 24, 2021


Shirley Jean Souris, nee Schnur, 83, of Mesa, Arizona, born July 27, 1937 in Belleville, IL, died Monday, May 24, 2021, in Gilbert, Arizona.

Shirley graduated from Ritenour High School in Breckenridge Hills, St. Louis County, Missouri in 1956 and moved to Phoenix in 1964; beginning a 20-year career in data processing at the corporate headquarters of ARCOA Inc. (U-Haul) in 1967. In 1986, she switched vocations to telemarketing, well-suited to her conversational and gentle nature, until her retirement to Mesa in 2002. Her deep appreciation of the desert in general and Arizona in particular, which drew her from the Midwest in her youth, never faltered.

Shirley, a loving mother and grandmother, was a member of the Central Christian Church of Mesa, Arizona and was preceded in death by her father, Walter August Schnur, on November 3, 2004, and her mother, Iona Mertie Schnur, nee Weiss, on August 25, 2003. Surviving are her son, Dr. Jeffrey S. (Dr. Christa M.) Souris of Chicago, IL, a grandson, Nikolaos A. Souris, a granddaughter, Gabriella M. Souris, and a great number of cousins. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Visitation and Funeral will be held from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Friday, June 11, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Brian Robison officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Bellville, IL.


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