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Shirley Marie Ramsey Ardagna
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1936
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: May 19, 2007
Curry County
Oregon, USA

Shirley Marie Ardagna
May 23, 2007 Obituary
Shirley Marie Ardagna, 71, of Brookings, died May 19, 2007, at her home, of natural causes.

She was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Los Angeles, to John and Alice Gigar Ramsey.

She was was raised and educated in Los Angeles County and graduated from Mark Keppel High School in Monterey Park, Calif.

As a young woman, she worked as a waitress.

In the 1950s she met and married Jesse Walter Scott Jr. They had four children. Mr. Scott died in 1968 and Shirley became a single mother. She worked in accounting for Sbicca Shoe Co. for several years, and later worked for a distribution company in Montebello, Calif., until 1982.

She married Anthony "Tony" Ardagna Dec. 11, 1976, in Downey, Calif.

The Ardagnas moved to Brookings in 1982. Mrs. Ardagna began a second career of volunteer service to the community.

She was active with Star of the Sea Catholic Church, holding every office in the Ladies Alter Society, kept books for the Knight's of Columbus, helped operate the country store for the annual Harvest Dinner, and worked in the kitchen for bingo nights.

Mrs. Ardagna also held every office in the Brookings Emblem Club, and had been a member since 1982. In 2003, she became State Emblem Club president and brought the state convention to Brookings. Earlier this month, she was honored by the local Emblem Club with a lifetime membership award.

Mrs. Ardagna served as a court advisor for the Azalea Pageant Scholarship Board for eight years, helping with recruitment, guiding princesses through their training and preparations, organizing pageant programs, and escorting princesses to countless events to promote both the pageant and the Azalea Festival.

She was also a member of the Chetco Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee for many years. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

On April 28, 2007, Mayor Pat Sherman fixed the official seal of the city of Brookings to a document proclaiming April 28 and 29 as Special Days to Honor Shirley Ardagna for her selfless service to others, and asked that this proclamation be read at the annual Azalea Festival Pageant.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Jesse and Sherry Scott of Redmond; daughter Patt Wienert of Brookings; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Kim Scott of Arizona; stepson Lenny Ardagna of Los Angeles and stepdaughter Donna Lancaster of Los Angeles. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband "Tony" in 2006; daughter Linda Scott; sisters Alice Byers and Beverly Erhardt and grandson Brandon Scott.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St.

A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road, in Brookings. Father Joseph Bosch will officiate. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery.

Remembrances in her name may be made to the Emblem Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 200, Brookings, OR 97415.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel

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  Anthony L Ardagna (1922 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Ward Memorial Cemetery
Curry County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Q-of-M Wall Row A, niche 19
Created by: Terry Estes
Record added: Aug 24, 2009
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Shirley Marie <i>Ramsey</i> Ardagna
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