|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1925|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 2002|
Beloit Daily News, Wednesday 11 December 2002
ROCKTON - Shirley White is remembered by friends for her strong opinions, witty newspaper style and wearing a hat filled with buttons.
White, long-time editor of the Rockton Herald died Monday at the age of 77.
She began her journalism career in the 1960s at the Rockton Herald and went on to serve as editor for 10 years. She will be remembered for her columns, including "Meandering Down Main" and "Shirley Says." She wrote for the weekly newspaper until the late 1990s.
"Shirley was the main-stay of Rockton. She was a very unique person," retired educator Ruth Pennycock said. Pennycock got to know White through White's interest in gathering school news, and later through the Rockton Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to working to print school news, White also kept in touch with the workers at Talcott Free Library in order to run information about the facility.
Librarian Bonnie Estrada said White was a reguilar customer of the library.
"Shirley stopped in almost every day to see what was going on. Of course we got more information out of her about what was going on, but she always wanted to include library news in the paper. When she wasn't able to come in anymore, we missed her," Estrada said.
Like most people who knew White, Estrada poined out people always knew where they stood with her.
"She was always honest and matter-of-fact, Shirley didn't beat around the bush," Estrada said.
Those who knew White rarely saw her without her signature hat. Filled with buttons. White became known as "The Hat Lady" throughout the area.
Fred Peterson, White's brother, said his sister loved Rockton so much she started calling it the "beautiful village." The term stuck, and went on to be used on village literature.
As much as White loved Rockton, she also was a strong supporter of her alma mater, Beloit College.
"I think Shirley was the original Beloit booster," Peterson said.
A 1947 graduate of the school, a scholarship was recently set up in White's name by a cousin. The yearly reciprient will be a student entering Beloit College in White's major, political science. White was able to meet the first reciprient of her scholarship when the student stopped by the Class of 1947's 55th reunion in the spring.
Peterson said White's classmates took up an additional collection at their reunion to add to the Shirley White Scholarship.
Services for White are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday at Rockton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery. A visitation is set for 5 -8 p.m., Wednesday at the church. McCorkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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