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Shirley Ann Earhart
December 7, 2023
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Shirley Ann Earhart of Osage City, KS passed away December 7, 2023 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. She was born April 11 in Sabetha, Kansas to Bernard and Eleanor Walden. Shirley spent her early years in Haddam, Kansas. Her family moved to Richland, Kansas when she was in 6th grade. She attended Matney School and later graduated from Berryton High School. Shirley attended the University of Kansas for one year before meeting her future husband, John Earhart.
Shirley worked at the Air Force Supply Depot at Forbes Field in Topeka, KS. She also worked several years at the Journal Free Press in Osage City, KS. Shirley and John were married August 8, 1953 at the EUB Church in Richland, Kansas. Shirley and John lived in Osage City since the time of their marriage, with their two sons, Gordon and Darrin Earhart. They were married for 65 years.
Shirley was the librarian of the Osage City Public Library for 28 years and was instrumental in getting the approval of the voters for building the new public library that opened in 2000. She was also a member of the NE Kansas Library Association. Shirley was a member of P.E.O. Chapter I.Q, and a member of Sorosis Club. She also was very active with the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA), with her husband, John. She was also active in the women’s auxiliary group of the KSFFA. She would often travel around the state to help John with running fire schools.
Shirley loved reading and instilled her love of reading in her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She was also an avid watch collector. She had over 200 unique watches in her collection. She would often take them to the local school to share with the students. Her favorite kind to collect were advertising/brand watches. She saved UPCs and proof of purchases to send in for many of them. Shirley was also an avid KU sports fan and loved watching and listening to as many games as she could.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, John Earhart, her parents, Bernard and Eleanor (Williams) Walden, a sister, Frances (Walden) Rake, a brother, Robert “Bob” Walden, and a step-granddaughter, Nina Mierzejewski.
She is survived by her sons, Gordon Earhart (Vicki) and Darrin Earhart (Valerie), two grandchildren, Chelsea Earhart Escobar (Santiago) and Collin Earhart (Alycia), a step-grandson, Jonathan Mierzejewski, one great-grandchild, Olive Earhart, and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m., Monday, December 18, 2023 at the First United Methodist Church, 219 S. 6th Street, Osage City, KS 66523. Inurnment will follow in Osage City Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. before the service at the church. To honor Shirley, please wear bright colors and/or fun patterns. Memorial contributions may be made to P.E.O Chapter I.Q. for their funding of local student scholarships and may be sent in c/o the Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.