Shirley Joan Cooley, 78, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on Sept. 5, 2008. Survived by her devoted son, Douglas Lee 'Lee Douglas' Cooley of Pueblo; sister, Frances Hanner of Tulsa, Okla.; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Leon Douglas Cooley on May 5, 1997; parents, Eugene and Ola Fay Ficklin; brothers, Jack, Walter, Milton, Louie, Henry Bart, Gene and Bill Ficklin; and sisters, Helen Starr and Betty Woodard. Shirley was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Vinita, Okla. She was married almost 50 years to her loving husband , Leon, and was the owner of Mode-O-Day Dress Shop in Sunset Plaza. She was an expert at making candy, especially Christmas candy. Shirley was one of the kindest, nicest people you will ever meet! She loved children as she was a second mom to all the neighborhood kids. Shirley also loved her family, the mountains, and she never missed watching her son on television or listening to him on the radio. Funeral service, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Boys & Girls Club/Girls Inc. of Pueblo County & Lower Arkansas Valley, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Dear Lee –
    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Tracy Samora

  2. Dear Doug; The kids and I were saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. We truly enjoyed being her neighbor and friend. We will miss her. Lucas and Nissa Langosh
    Pam Folger

  3. Lee, so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Karen Phelps (Cornett)

  4. Dear Lee (Doug),

    I read of your mother’s passing and just want you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find the comfort, strength, and support you need and God bless you and your family at this difficult time. Sincerely,

  5. Hi Lee,
    We are so sorry about your loss. Your mom was a very sweet and wonderful person. We always enjoyed her company at the Christmas gatherings. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Your friends,
    Paul, Sharron and Vaughn

  6. DOUG,SO SORRY TO HEAR OF AUNT SHIRLEY’S PASSING. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND ALWAYS HAD A KIND WORD FOR EVERYONE. WISH WE COULD BE THERE FOR THE SERVICE ON TUESDAY.WE WILL REMEMBER YOU IN OUR PRAYERS AND KNOW THAT AUNT SHIRLEY IS WHERE SHE WANTS TO BE,BY UNCLE LEON’S SIDE,WALKING AND HOLDING HANDS IN GOD’S EVER LASTING HEAVEN.
    COUSIN LENNY

  7. Mr. Cooley,
    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Although it was for a short time, I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to care for your mother.
    Each of the residents that I care for are very special to me. I will miss her.
    Sincerely,
    Michelle Rivera- CNA Life Care Center

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