Shirley Pangburn was born on July 10, 1961 to Earl Howard and Shirley M. (Collard) Pangburn on Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. As an infant, the family made their new home in Liberty, Missouri where Shirley would spend most of her childhood. Following her high school graduation, Shirley worked a few different jobs until she settled into her lifelong career as a long haul truck driver. Following her mother’s death, Shirley and her son moved to Florida to be near her remaining family. After surviving Hurricane Charlie, she moved in with her brother and his wife near Port Charlotte, Florida. Shirley loved her job as a truck driver and was also quite good at it. For several years, she served as a long haul truck driver instructor for Covenant Transportation & System-TWT trucking. Following some serious truck accidents that required life flights, Shirley medically retired in 2002.
In 2007, her friend Mike Adams inherited a home in rural Tyndall, South Dakota and in 2008, Shirley moved in with him to help care for the home and for their cat rescue. Shirley loved cats and was devoted to their care. In her spare time, she also enjoyed puzzles and preparing for the Christmas season. She was a member of several organizations, such as the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club, Prairie Patriots, and Oath Keepers.
Shirley was at times outspoken and appeared with a gruff exterior, but she was a very kindhearted and generous woman who loved helping people out.
Shirley peacefully passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her home in rural Tyndall having attained the age of 56 years, 5 months, and 17 days.
She is survived by her son Matt Pangburn of FL; brother: Ken Pangburn of FL; and friend Mike Adams of rural Tyndall, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents.