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Shirley Truran
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Obituary for Shirley Truran

Shirley  Truran
Shirley Camilla Truran, was called home to be with her beloved Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Shirley who had enjoyed robust good health nearly all her life, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and under the compassionate care of hospice at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO.

Shirley was both strong and strong-willed, funny, beautiful, bold and unforgettable to anyone who ever met her. Her smile and laugh were infectious. She lived life on her own terms and saw herself as 88 years young, not old.

Previously from Johnson City, IL, Shirley had recently moved to O’Fallon, IL to be closer to her family. Born at home in Herrin, on June 12, 1930 to parents James and Blanche Artis, she was their second of eight children and eldest daughter. At the age of 16, she met her late husband and love of her life, James ‘Pete’ Truran, whom she described as the most handsome man you ever did see. They married and raised two wonderful sons. Shirley was a dedicated homemaker and created a loving home as the family moved to support her husband’s coaching career. Among her fondest memories were those made in Cahokia, IL where she developed life-long friendships and Lake of Egypt where she loved to watch her grandchildren play in the yard and fish off the dock. Shirley was employed for many years at Austin’s Hallmark in Marion. She loved fine things, had an eye for design, could out shop just about anyone and was always impeccably dressed. Among her genuine qualities and many gestures of good will, perhaps the most endearing were her hand-written letters, cards or thank you notes that one was lucky enough to receive in the mail, long after the art of sending them had disappeared. Shirley was an active member of the Whiteash Free Will Baptist Church that she loved so dearly. She cherished her church family and the friends she made in her Sunday school class.

Shirley was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Her greatest love was her family and she loved each of them with a ferocity that knew no bounds. She is survived by her sons, Mike Truran and beloved daughter-in-law Diane Truran of O’Fallon, IL, and Martin Truran of Johnston City; her grandchildren, Chad (Karen) Truran, Tiffany (Rob) Lugge, and Kyle (Emily) Truran all of O’Fallon, IL; great-grandchildren, Tylor, Katelynn, Mac, James, Briar and Grant. Her sisters, with whom she laughed, danced, talked until all hours of the night and shared an unbreakable bond that only sisters can share: Gloria Crabtree, Lynda (Harry) Rebey, Nancy Artis, Barbara (Jerry) Travelstead, Brenda Walker, and Cynthia (Joe) Lapinski. She is also survived by sister-in-law Betty Artis and brother-in-law Tom Truran. Not named but equally loved are the many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, extended family, as well as old and new friends whose company and friendship were shining lights in her life, up until her untimely death.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, James ‘Pete’ Truran, her parents, James and Blanche Artis, her brother James ‘Jimmy’ Artis, brother-in-laws Dewey Crabtree and Donnie Walker, and many friends including her dearest friend, Marie Donett.

To know Shirley was to love her. She raised a family with great love and we are the legacy that she leaves the world. She taught us to be devoted to each other beyond reason. She taught us to be tough. She taught us to laugh. She taught us to be kind. She taught us to forgive. And above all, she taught us to have unwavering faith. Her love and legacy will continue to live through the ones she loved.

Celebration of Life service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City is entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evelyn’s House Hospice. Memorial envelopes will be available at the church the day of the service or at Pyle Funeral Home.

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