The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


June 6, 2013

Shirley Jean (Gay) Combs

DANVILLE — Shirley Jean (Gay) Combs went to be with her soul mate, Marvin, on June 4, 2013.

Born Feb. 19, 1950, in Tokyo, Japan, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Oakney I. (Adams) Gay.

She married Marvin Clinton Combs on July 1, 1972, who preceded her on Jan. 4, 2003.

Survivors include her mother, Oakney Gay; two daughters, Shirleen Sue (Jody) Burton of Wauseon, Ohio, and Kristen Marie (Michael) Coan of Danville; sister-in-law, Virginia Combs; four grandchildren, Matthew, Brandon and Abigail Burton of Wauseon, Ohio, and Nathaniel Coan of Danville; and very dear friends, Lisa Dillon and Lori Wallick.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband; sister, Sally L. Gay; and infant sister, Judith Ann Gay.

Shirley graduated from Danville High School in 1968, Danville Area Community College in 1972, DACC Practical School Nursing, 1971, and Lakeview School Nursing, 1981. She served in U.S. Woman Army Corps. She was a National Certified Critical Nurse (CCRN) and member of the American Association Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and American Heart Association (AHA). She worked 1972-1989 at the Danville Veterans Affairs medical center and from 1989 to present at Carle Foundation Hospital’s Cardio-Vascular Intensive Care Unit.

She enjoyed family and amateur nature photography, quilting, crocheting and knitting. But she had a passion for the recovering open heart surgery patients and traveling. She was a lifetime member of the Old Union Church of Christ (CrossRoads Christian Church).

There will be private family service Friday, June 7, at Pape Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St. in Danville, with Pastor Miles Clark officiating, with burial to follow to be with her soul mate, Marvin, at the Danville National Cemetery. A luncheon will be held in Shirley’s memory for her family and friends at noon Friday, June 7, at CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St. in Danville.

Memorials may also be made in her name to the CrossRoads Christian Church Scholarship Fund at the same address.

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