Shirley Mae Baxter, 87, of Washington Island, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 20, 2020.
She was born March 5, 1933 on Washington Island, daughter of the late Thorvald and Lillie Wilhelmina (Krause) Johnson. On August 27, 1955, Shirley was united in marriage with Wilburn Leland Baxter at Trinity Lutheran Church. While Wilburn was in the service, they couple moved all over the world and after spending summers on Washington Island whenever possible, they planned to become permanent residents. Shirley was a member of any and all Island organizations and Trinity Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed crocheting, sewing, quilting, and being involved with church activities. Shirley would have done anything for everyone and was truly loved by everyone who met her.
Shirley was an extraordinary mother and will be missed by her children, Edna (Jim) Cliffton, Betty (Billy) Stalfa, Lee (Karen) Baxter, and Charles (Lisa) Baxter; grandchildren, Raymond, Daniel, Kimberly, Matthew, Melissa, Lissa, Tabitha, and Brandon; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thorvald and Lillie Johnson and husband, Wilburn Baxter.
A funeral service to honor Shirley’s life will be held via Facebook live on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Alan Shaffmeyer of Trinity Lutheran Church (Washington Island) officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Washington Island Town Cemetery.
Casperson Funeral Home of Sister Bay is assisting the Baxter family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Shirley may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.
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