Shirley L. Denman


Shirley Louise Denman, 89, of Elk Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at home. She was born in Traverse City on April 6, 1930 the daughter of Floyd and Margaret (Lewis) Ealy.
Shirley married her husband, Gene Denman Sr., on March 8, 1948 in Traverse City. Together they opened Gene's Auto Parts, where Shirley managed the books.
She and Gene were proud members of the Traverse City Country Club and the local Elks Lodge.
She enjoyed many winters in Florida and on several occasions traveled with Gene on their boat between Traverse City and their winter home in Palm City, Florida.
She was an avid reader, passionate bridge player, competitive golfer and skilled painter. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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; 11 grandchildren, Rebeka (Tom), Karla (Matt), Torey, Amanda, Monica (Lori), Randy, Jason, Jake (Shea), Marshall, Nick and Taylor; and 15 great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Emmalene, Lincoln, Ada, Sebastian, Jayden, Hailey, Lauren, Adam, Thanyell, Ryan, 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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Published on June 19, 2019
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