Cles, Shirley Lavonne (Phelps) (March 6, 1926 - September 22, 2007)

Shirley Lavonne Cles

Douglas Budget - October 10, 2007

Memorial services for Shirley Lavonne Cles will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas.

Shirley, a gracious lady, granddaughter of Wyoming pioneers, graduate of Natrona County High School and matriarch of a large clan, died Sept. 22, 2007, enjoying a beautiful sunset with her beloved son Jim Williams Jr., his wife Brenda and family in Minnesota. Shortly thereafter, there was a beautiful shooting star as she was on her way to the "wing ding party" she said she was going to in her last words.

Her family deeply loved her and every thing she contributed to the lives of others. She will be greatly missed and remembered for her beauty, grace, art, humor, love of animals and the high standards she held out for her children.

Shirley was born March 6, 1926 in Denver to Richard and Nellie Phelps.

She was called Granny by her children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was a beautician and owner of the Cinderella Beauty Shop in Casper. Her many talents included being a beauty instructor, registered nurse, map maker, genealogist, avid artist and author. She will be forever remembered for her perseverance in the compilation of the book "Heroes Among Us" which she wrote, along with help from many others, in memory of those from Converse County and Wyoming that selflessly served in the U.S. armed forces for the freedoms that we all enjoy today.

China painting was a love and great passion she had and she shared it with many as an art instructor. She was also a great political activist, fighting for what she believed was right in the interest of everyone. She would stand up for what she believed was right regardless it didn't directly affect her, and fought relentlessly until she got the job done in the best interest of all. She was a very inspirational and strong woman.

She was also a great teacher and her love for everyone compelled her to be an inspirational educator at the schools with children with special needs and others. Her passion in life was being creative, artistic and altruistic.

She was preceded in death of her parents; her son Richard Earle Holmes; and James Powers Williams Sr., father of James Powers Williams Jr. and John Walter Williams III.

She is survived by her loving children, Deanna Christian of Bellingham, Wash., John Walter Williams III of Douglas, James Powers Williams Jr. of Cedar, Minn.; sister Dorothy Van Horn of Mills; and numerous family members.

She would have wanted those that feel the need to send flowers or other gesture in memorial of her life, to instead make a contribution to their favorite charity that would make a difference in the lives of others. Internment ceremonies will be at a future date.

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