Bishop, Shirley Joanne (Baker) (July 7, 1935 - July 9, 2008)

Shirley Joanne Bishop


Douglas Budget - August 13, 2008

Shirley J. Bishop lost her battle with cancer and died July 9, 2008.

She was born in Covert, Kan., on July 7, 1935 to Rev. Henry H. and Hazel C. Baker.

She grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and graduated from Central High School and Pueblo Jr. College in Pueblo, Colo. She received a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State University and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado.

In 1958, she married Robert D. Randall. They divorced in 1981. As a master teacher who loved children, she taught elementary school for 25 years in Wiggins, Colo., Saratoga and Anchorage. While teaching in Saratoga, she was named first runner-up in the 1979 Wyoming Teacher of the Year Contest.

In 1991 she married John C. Bishop. The wedding was held at South Padre Island, Texas. They lived in Anchorage, and on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska, Alaska, until moving back to Wyoming in 1996. While living in the Aleutians, Shirley was elected to the Unalaska City School Board of Trustees, was office manager for a firm provisioning the Bering Sea fishing fleet; and did commercial real estate development and property management in conjunction with the Ounalashka Corporation, an Aleut native village corporation.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father Henry H. Baker; mother Hazel Baker; brother Larry Baker; and her step-mother M. Virginia Baker of Estes Park, Colo.

She is survived by her loving husband John; step-children Cathy Bishop of Boulder, Colo., Ellie Bishop and her husband Dave Stevenson of Red River, N.M., John Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Michael Bishop of Denver; grandchildren Zena and Hannah Stevenson of Red River, N.M.; sisters and their husbands Virginia and Chet Martin of Saginaw, Mich., and Clara and Larry Walz of Dewey, Ariz.; five brothers and their wives James and Mabel Baker of Pueblo, Richard and Elaine Baker of Montrose, Colo., Rev. Robert and Jenni Baker of Oakwood Hills, Ill., Dr. Dennis and Judi Baker of Fort Collins, Paul and Debi Baker of Casper, Judy Baker (widow of brother Larry) of Colorado Springs; her mother-in-law Eleanor C. Bishop; brother-in-law and wife Raymond and Debbie Bishop of Jackson; sister-in-law and husband Helen and Fred Thompson of Roy, Utah; numerous nieces, nephews and other beloved relatives and friends.

The Bishops have made their home in Cheyenne since 1996 where she worked for 10 years as the senate appropriations secretary for the Wyoming Legislature. She was an active member and past president of the Laramie County Republican Women and Chapter C of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

She worked for several years as hostess and docent at the Wyoming Governor's Residence and served on its foundation board. She attended First United Methodist and St. Mark's Episcopal churches. She loved her home, family and friends, entertaining, gardening, reading and solving puzzles.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne. Rev. Robert Baker, Shirley's brother, and Rev. Lynn Evans will officiate.

Schrader Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Burial of the urn will be in the Bishop family plot in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 21 in Douglas, with Rev. Mary Lou Corbett Reynolds and Rev. Rick Viet officiating.

Memorials may be given to the Children's Garden at the Botanical Gardens, 710 S. Lion's Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001 and Chapter C. PEO, 1100 Long's Peak Dr., Cheyenne, WY 82003.


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