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Published November 04, 2013, 12:00 AM

Shirley Mae Osmundson

Shirley Mae (Osmundson) Smith, 84, of Cloverdale, California, formerly of San Jose, California passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Emeritus of Santa Rosa. She was born to Irving A. and Alma (Tipper) Osmundson on July 19, 1929 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

She attended school in East Grand Forks and graduated from East Grand Forks High School in 1947. In High School she was a cheerleader, sang in a sextet and triple-trio, and played the upright bass. In her senior yearbook she was voted “The Girl with the Prettiest Eyes” (a beautiful way to remember her). Shirley attended Grinnell College in Iowa her freshman year and transferred to the University of North Dakota the beginning of her sophomore year. During summer breaks she worked as a cabin maid at Yellowstone National Park. She graduated with a degree in Marketing & Merchandising. She utilized her degree working at Donaldson’s Department Store.

Shirley Mae Osmundson

Shirley Mae (Osmundson) Smith, 84, of Cloverdale, California, formerly of San Jose, California passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Emeritus of Santa Rosa. She was born to Irving A. and Alma (Tipper) Osmundson on July 19, 1929 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

She attended school in East Grand Forks and graduated from East Grand Forks High School in 1947. In High School she was a cheerleader, sang in a sextet and triple-trio, and played the upright bass. In her senior yearbook she was voted “The Girl with the Prettiest Eyes” (a beautiful way to remember her). Shirley attended Grinnell College in Iowa her freshman year and transferred to the University of North Dakota the beginning of her sophomore year. During summer breaks she worked as a cabin maid at Yellowstone National Park. She graduated with a degree in Marketing & Merchandising. She utilized her degree working at Donaldson’s Department Store.

In December of 1952 she married Robert M. Smith. He was stationed in Germany and some months after their wedding, she joined him there. They returned to the United States prior to the birth of their first child, Eric, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They lived in Minnesota for a time and then Robert continued his education in Southern California, where their daughter, Robin was born. Robert, Shirley and family then relocated to Chicago, Illinois where he finished his Doctorate in Dentistry and son, Todd and daughter, Jodie, were born.

They moved the family to Globe, Arizona in 1961 where they lived for two years and then chose to live in San Jose, California. Shirley was a loving, caring mother who enjoyed doing everything with her kids. She loved playing bridge, traveling, dancing and all kinds of games. She was active in her community, the PTA, Jaycees, CDA wives and was also a den mother in the Cub Scouts. Her humor, kindness and down to earth sensibilities will be missed by her family and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Doris.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, her four children, Eric, Robin, Todd & Jodie, and her brother, Richard (Doc) Osmundson. Her grandchildren, John, Cory, Kirsten, Schuyler, Stephanie, Jeff, Kyle, Austin, Ian, and one great- grandchild, Logan.

No funeral service will be held. A small family gathering in honor of Shirley Mae will take place in Kansas City, Missouri.

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