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Shirley Denman

April 6, 1930 ~ June 11, 2019 (age 89)

Shirley Louise Denman, 89, of Elk Rapids, passed away on Tuesday June 11, 2019 at her home.  She was born in Traverse City, MI on April 6, 1930, the daughter of Floyd and Margaret (Lewis) Denman.

Shirley married her husband, Gene Denman Sr., on March 8, 1948 in Traverse City, MI.  Together, they opened Gene’s Auto Parts where Shirley kept the books. She enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed a good cocktail party, as long as she had a glass of Chardonnay, or more like a bottle.

She is survived by five children, Dawn (Charles) Davis of California, Gene Denman Jr. of Traverse City, Clay Denman of Traverse City, Brad Denman of Traverse City, and Terry (Heidi) Denman of Traverse City; two sisters, Gloria and Judy; eleven grandchildren, Rebeka (Tom), Karla (Matt), Torey, Amanda, Monica (Lori), Randy, Jason, Jake (Shea), Marshall, Nick, and Taylor; and fifteen great grandchildren, Annabelle, Emmalene, Lincoln, Ada, Sebastian, Jayden, Hailey, Lauren, Adam, Thanyell, Ryan, Bella, Ben, Matthew, and Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Sally; and a granddaughter, Nicolette.

There are no services planned at this time

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Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  

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