Shirley A. Gesner
Born on January 10, 1930 in Downs, Kansas, United States.
Passed away on October 30, 2018 in Boise, Idaho, United States.
In memory of Shirley Gesner, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and beloved friend. Shirley was born on January 10th, 1930 and passed away peacefully on October 30th, 2018.
She will be remembered for her big heart, sassy attitude, and generosity. She was also the "keeper of the memories" and kept wonderful photo albums of each member of her family. We will miss her tremendously.
Bobbitt Memorial Chapel
Biography, written by Shirley's daughter Donna
Shared by Emily Burke on 1st November 2018
Shirley Ann Gesner was born to Orris and Donna Gesner on a farm outside of Downs, Kansas. When she was kindergarten age, her family moved to Denver, Colorado. She had one older brother, Max Gesner, and one younger brother, Hugh Gesner. She met Rex Kenney at age 17, and married him before he was sent to Japan at the end of World War II. She joined him there for 2 years.
When Rex left the service, the young couple settled near her parents in Denver, Colorado. Later, they had 4 children there, Kathy, Rex Jr., Donna, and Carla. They then resettled in Ontario, California, where their four children grew up. Shirley and Rex divorced, and Shirley went to college to become a teacher. She was a very good kindergarten and first grade teacher for 17 years before her retirement at age 57.
She retired to become a caregiver for her mother. Shirley designed houses during and after college and won many awards for her designs. She designed her own home in Apple Valley, California and lived there until moving to Seattle, and finally Idaho, where she lived with her younger daughter, Carla, who took excellent care of her. She was a fantastic artist, carpenter, and architectural designer.
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