SHIRES Mary Ellen
of Clarkston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 22, 2016 at 68 years of age. Beloved wife of Charles Shires for 43 years; loving mother of Nick (Angela) Shires, Brad (Becky) Shires, and Lissa (Doug) Minke; proud grandmother of Aiden, Cole, Vaughn, Ella, Jack, Stella, Grant and Nolan. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Gladys Krutka. Dear sister of Joanne (Paul) Ranville, the late Judy (Mike) D’Antoni and the late David Krutka. Mary Ellen was born in Flint, MI on July 2, 1947. She attended Ainsworth High School before graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in education. Mary Ellen worked as a teacher for Waterford Public Schools for 30 years, where she met her husband and the love of her life, Charlie. She had a passion for helping those in need while working in special education and adult education. She was an avid gardener and loved nature and the outdoors. Mary Ellen also enjoyed quilting and made many blankets and stockings for her grandchildren. She loved baking, relaxing on the beach and taking trips up north, but most of all she loved her family.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Fountains Golf Course in Clarkston from 4:00-7:00, with a remembrance ceremony to take place at 5:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clarkston Family Farm
where a memorial flower garden is being dedicated in Mary Ellen’s honor
Michelle Cote - Leonard
To the Shires family. My heartfelt condolences . I met Mary Ellen when I was a very little girl and have so many fond memories of her and all of you. Sending prayers and love. Michelle
Gary F Kraft
May her memories guide you through this time. Prayers and wishes of peace to the Shires Family. Linda and Gary
My condolences to Charlie and his family. May God bless you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Charlie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mary Ellen. You have a wonderful family and I enjoyed watching all your children grow into young adults. Charlie, please take care of yourself. I think of you very often. Love to you and your family.
All, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort in this trying time.
Dale and Linda Ryan
Our hearts ache for you and your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time????
My deepest sympathy to you in your loss Coach Shires, during this difficult time. In the short time that I had the privilege to know her, it was obvious what a wonderful person she was.May she rest in peace.
Shires Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved Mary Ellen and have so many fond memories of walking and bike riding around the neighborhood with her & my mom. She had such a great laugh and was such an all around good person. I always felt so lucky to have you guys as neighbors....and friends. Thoughts & prayers with you all. Rest in peace, Mary Ellen ??
Charlie, my heart aches for you and your family for all you have had to endure. May peace and love surround your family as you adjust to your loss.
Im so sorry to hear of Mary Ellen death, it was a shock to me. I am praying for you and your whole family. God bless you
Kendra Harris Faustin
May you be comforted by smiles and laughs as you celebrate her life today, tomorrow and always. Many prayers and much love to your family.
I'm very sad to hear of your mom's passing. She was very young. I remember having all 3 of you in my class at Pine Knob and she was a wonderful mother helper. Beautiful person inside and out. My prayers and sympathy to you and your dad. Ruth Powers
We were all shocked and saddened to hear of MaryEllens passing. We are all thinking of your family and the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. We know she will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God be with you all.
The Fife family
To all, I am truly sorry for your great loss. I know she was loved dearly by all of you. My deepest condolences and you are in our prayers.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Shire family. Mary Ellen always made me feel like one of her own. She was a special person with a big heart! I will miss her??
James and Tina Cox
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Shire family during this difficult time. Mary Ellen had a way of making everyone feel welcomed. She may no longer be with us physically but her light will shine for eternity ? We will miss her
Chuck. I am so sorry and heartbroken at the loss of Mary Ellen please know how much we love the both of you. We are praying for you and your family as you walk this road of grief. I have lots of great memories of her and what a special lady she was. Sending our love.
May special memories of your loved one and prayers help you during this difficult time.
God Bless Mary Ellen''
Worked with her at Pierce''''' She is a wonderful person;; May she Rest in Peace'''' She will be missed. Charlie and Family My Love'''
Charlie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Mary Ellen were always very good to me as a rookie teacher at Pierce. I treasure the memories I have of laughter and fun with the two of you. Family is everything. Surround yourself with your kids and grandkids. Sending my love and prayers, Theresa
Douglas & Rima Ferich
We would like to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Shires family for such a dear loss. May God keep you all strong for one another during this sad time. May you keep Mary' Ellen's spirit alive with fond memories of her and never forget that the love we have inside us we take it with us when we go. God Speed.