Shirley Jean Owen Livingston, Age 93 of Highland, IN. passed away Friday February 12th 2021. Survived by her two sons Robert (Bob) Livingston / wife Lisa - grandaughter Samantha And Frank Livingston / fiance Jeanne Benkowsky. Daughter in law Maria Patai Livingston / grandaughter Lindsey and grandson Zachary. Brothers Ronald Kay Owen and Gary George Owen as well as many Nieces and Nephews.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband Allen Eugene Livingston, Son William (Bill) Livingston, Father Aubrey Glenn Owen, Mother Sienna Marie Vassar, Sisters Sienna (Sis) Neal and Barbara Sue Harris, Bothers Aubrey Glenn Edward (Bud) Owen, Robert Dale Owen, Edward David Owen and Richard Ryan Owen.
Shirley was born on November 11th 1927 at Gary Methodist Hospital. She was the 4th child born to what would become a family of 9 children. They lived in Crown Point IN. until approximately 1938 then moved to Gary IN. where the family lived above their business “Owens Radio Service”. A few years later the family moved to Hessville. It was during wartime so so both her parents worked in the steel mill to make ends meet. Shirley also worked as a waitress at the “Huddle” restaurant in Hessville. When she wasn’t working she would take the street car downtown with her younger brothers to buy them clothes. While working at the “Huddle” she met Allen Livingston and they were married on March 18, 1950 and moved into a small house very close to their parents and had three children. William (Bill), Robert (Bob) and Frank. They attended the United Presbyterian Church (Reverend Eastwood). After a short time they moved across the street to a larger home raising their children until 2003, when Allen passed. She then moved in with her son Frank in Highland. She remained active her entire life until God took her to her final home in Heaven for eternity.
Shirley always loved family above all and spent all of her time with them. Camping, boating, skating, sports, games, Scouts (She was Den Mother), Church, and any other activities that involved family. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling, dancing, and music just to name a few. She was always involved with her children and grandchildren. Shirley was very creative and resourceful, always finding a solution and fixing things. She was very intelligent and knew so many things that aren’t taught in school. She really knew what the important things in life were. She was a very talented artist and, during her later years, a fine seamstress. She really loved decorating and celebrating the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas. Shirley was a caregiver for her husband's parents and her parents during their senior years. She was very close to her mother and moved her into her house when her father passed and she could no longer live alone. Her sons and grandchildren meant everything to her. She even went to Las Vegas to help raise her grandchildren when they were born so her son and daughter-in-law could work. She was always a giver, not a taker. Material things didn’t mean much to her. She cherished and saved everything anyone gave her because the person who gave it to her meant so much to her. All she ever wanted was to see other people happy. Shirley was the most happy, caring, and loving person. She was beautiful on the inside and beautiful on the outside.
Visitation will be held at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd (one block south of Ridge Rd) Highland, IN, 46322 on Friday, February 26th, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and the Funeral will be Saturday, February, 27th, 2021 at 11:30 am. Interment will follow at Chapel Lawn Cemetary at 1:00 pm. (Crown Point, IN.)
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com
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