Shirley Zimmerman Gering, 84, of Thornton, Colo., Brighton, Colo., and Pueblo, Colo. passed away April 2, 2019. Ms. Gering was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Charles Gering; brother, Paul Zimmerman; and parents, Fred and Dolly Zimmerman. She is survived by her children, Michael Gering (Marsha Ferree), Michelle Moseley (Rick Moseley), and Catherine Hodgson, plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was born in 1934 and raised in Mankato and Beloit, Kansas. She grew up as a farm girl, raising crops, livestock, and horses. She loved music, learning to play the piano in high school and winning local competitions. For the rest of her life she would play any keyboard she might come across. Shirley married her high school sweetheart, Edward Gering, while he was on shore leave in Bremerton, Washington in 1953. She made her home in Denver awaiting his return from the Korean war. They moved to Thornton where they purchased their first home and raised their family. Shirley and Edward then built their dream home and moved to the countryside near Brighton where they could enjoy nature and where they raised a variety of animals, including dogs, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys and a horse. As a girl, she grew up loving the land and all living things. Even in her retirement she enjoyed working outside with tractors and getting her hands dirty in the soil. More than anything else, she loved people, making friends everywhere she went. She was intelligent, strong and optimistic by nature. She lived in Brighton, until health problems forced her to relocate to Thornton and then Pueblo. Funeral services will be private. Full obituary and online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. This is so hard, I never got to say good bye.. when I became a young mom, you were one of my best friends.. I love you Gigi, thank you for the stories and laughs.. I am so very sorry for your families loss

  2. Shirley is the beloved mother of my dearest friend, Catherine. She is already missed and has been for some time, as the other people in her charge leave little but memories for my dearest friend. Those memories are beautiful, pure and loving, and no one can control the everlasting love Catherine has for her mother. It spans time, space and place and there is no replacement for this incredible, lenghty, unfair loss. Rest in Peace with The Lord God, dear Shirley.

  3. My mom, she was so precious to me! I am forever grateful that she and I had a wonderful friendship and a very loving relationship!
    My mom was my travel partner, my friend, my mentor and so much fun! Maybe that is why she called me the ‘fun child’, she and my father always said that I was the breath of fresh air and sunshine. Oh how these words are so wonderful to have lingered in my memories, it brings me such warmth!

    I am thankful that she is in Heaven now, her captivity has ended and her freedom has been restored!
    Enjoy Dad! Enjoy all of the pooches and horses you owned and a special hug to gaga and grandpa too!!

    I love you mom, I love you with all of my heart!

  4. My condolences to the Gering .We also raised in our choldren in our Thornton home across the street. We continued to stay in touch for the 45 years after we moved away. Your parents were wonderful friends of ours and I will never forget the fond friendship your mother and I made through the years. It’ll be hard but I’ll see you again someday Shirley . ps. say hi to Jack.

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