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Shirley Wallis

December 25, 1935 — January 2, 2020

Shirley Wallis

Shirley Louise Wallis, 84, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey, MI.  She was born on December 25, 1935 in Pontiac, MI, the daughter of Glenn and Marie (Amerman) Ayer.

Shirley married Paul Wallis on September 12, 1953 in DeSoto County, MS.  The two were married for 26 years, and they raised 7 children together.  Shirley worked on the assembly line for GM Motor Company for many years before retiring in the mid-1990’s.  The most important part of her life were her children and grandchildren.  She spent most of her time with her family, but when she had the time, she enjoyed bowling, crocheting, entertaining for company, and the occasional trip to Las Vegas.

Shirley is survived by her seven children, Allen (Althea) Wallis of Waterford, MI, Douglas Wallis of Keithville, LA, Bonnie (Tom) Taluto of Yorktown, VA, Carol Miller of Waterford, MI, Linda Tolbert of South Lyon, MI, Laura (Jason) Patton of Pellston, MI, and William (Heather) Wallis of West Palm Beach, FL; five brothers, Gene Ayer, Ronald Ayer, Robert Ayer, Gerald Ayer, and Russell Ayer; three sisters, Patricia Meyer, Sara Ayer, and Sharon Nagel; eleven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, William Ayer, Garnett Ayer, Lou Ayer, Gary Ayer, and Butch Quick; two sisters, Vicky Fultz, and Sandy Smith; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Waterford, MI during the summer of 2020.  Service details will be announced as they are available.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hiland Cottage, 1 Hiland Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770.

Arrangements are in the care of the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign her online guestbook at

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