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Shirley’s Passing

Shirley Mura McGlinn (age 68) passed away peacefully on December 24 at home with her family by her side.

The Leavenworth Times – Leavenworth, KS

Shirley Mura McGlinn (age 68) passed away peacefully on December 24 at home with her family by her side. Shirley was born October 7, 1944 to George and Virginia Mura in Leavenworth, Kansas and was raised by Virginia and Ralph Rodgers Junior. In 1965 she married Bob McGlinn in Leavenworth. They were married for 47 years and raised their family in Carbondale, Illinois.
Shirley was devoted to her family and especially loved playing, laughing, reading and doing crafts with her three grandchildren. She cherished time spent with her children who brought her great joy. Shirley and Bob were avid sports fans and attended Saluki athletic events for over 40 years.
Shirley graduated from Immaculata High School (1962) and St. Mary College (1966) in Leavenworth, Kansas. She was awarded a National Science Foundation teaching fellowship at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas for the 1966-67 academic year. She earned her Master’s degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1975. She taught at Southern Illinois University, first as a teaching assistant and then as an instructor, for 39 years. Her passion for teaching and dedication to her students resulted in thirteen teaching awards in her department MEDPREP and the School of Medicine, as well as the Outstanding Term Faculty for the entire SIUC campus in 2007. Shirley also developed the Milestone Ceremony at MEDPREP, which is patterned after the white coat ceremony used at all medical schools. Shirley collaborated with colleague and good friend, Evelyn W. Jackson, on many educational projects and workshops around the country.
In 2011 Shirley was inducted into the Immaculata High School Hall of Fame in Leavenworth and selected as SIH Star Cancer Survivor.
She was preceded in death by parents, George Mura and Virginia Rodgers. Survivors include her father, Ralph Rodgers, her husband Bob McGlinn, son Matthew McGlinn, daughter Maura Webb, son-in-law Allen Webb, three grandchildren (Riana McGlinn, Eva Webb, and Joshua McGlinn), sister Mary Helen Owens, brother-in-law John Owens, sister Patty Rodgers, and brother Buddy Rodgers. Other survivors include Mary and Walt Datwyler, Dick and Elaine McGlinn, Bill and Louise McGlinn, and Ed and Judy McGlinn.
Shirley was particularly grateful for all of the support she received from her family, her extended families, friends and students during her life and during her battle with cancer. Her family extends the warmest thanks for the excellent care provided by her oncologist at Barnes West County in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Dr. Michael Naughton and his excellent staff as well as Dr. Aliperti and his staff at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Saint Louis. The family also extends a special thank you to her nurse from TIP Hospice, India Walker, for the gentle and loving care she provided Shirley.
A celebration of life will be held at Riverfront Community Center on Friday, January 4 at 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shirley McGlinn Scholarship Endowment at the Southern Illinois University Foundation (Carbondale, Illinois 62901), the Shirley Mura ’62 McGlinn Scholarship at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas (Administration Office, 320 N Broadway, Leavenworth, KS 66048), or the American Cancer Society.


Carbondale Celebration of Shirley’s Life, Part One



Carbondale Celebration of Shirley’s Life, Part Two


Leavenworth Celebration of Shirley’s Life

 

JIM CANTRELL
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I HATE THAT I HAD LOST CONTACT WITH SHIRLEY BUT THE LEGACY SHE LEFT IS A TRIBUTE TO HER LIFE AND HER LOVE OF HER FAMILY. I DON’T KNOW OF ANYONE WHO HAS KNOW SHIRLEY AND DID NOT WALK AWAY FEELING THEY HAD MET A SPECIAL PERSON. I REMEMBER HER WHEN WE TOOK DANCE LESSONS TOGETHER WHEN WE WERE 5 YEARS OLD. I EVEN TOOK HER TO THE MOVIES WHEN WE WERE 6 AND OUR MOTHERS TOOK US AND I ALWAYS CONSIDERED THAT MY OFFICIAL FIRST DATE, SORRY BOB….I KNOW WE WILL ALL MEET AGAIN AND AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER SHIRLEY, SHE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US. GOD BLESS HER FAMILY AND KEEP THEM IN OUR PRAYERS. WITH LOVE, JIM CANTRELL

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Tina Porter
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Submitted on 2012/12/30 at 7:19 pmShirley now an Angel from up above may you rest in piece and and your family and friends find comfort from all the wonderful memories they have about you and the time they spent with you.HugsTina

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Submitted on 2012/12/28 at 5:25 pmRest in peace.

Patrick McGlinn (Leavenworth)
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Submitted on 2012/12/28 at 1:56 pmShirley was a beautiful person. Our prayers are with Bob and his family. Mary, you did a wonderful job capturing Shirley’s contribution to – all of us.Patrick and Linda McGlinn
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John S McGlinn Jr
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Submitted on 2012/12/28 at 11:54 amI did not know of Shirley’s passing. I remember her from her high school days and how beautiful she was both inside and out. I know Bobby is devastated and can relate to losing the “love of my life”. How painful this must be. There are no answers that can heal the wound, only time will dull the pain while we wait in anticipation of our final reunion. My best and my prayers for Bobby and his family.

 

March 04, 2013

Thinking of you today Shirley. I don’t think any of us realized what how lucky we were to know such a great person like you. If I could go back in time, i would say “Thank You.” You shed a beautiful light on my humble soul.

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Kathy Smith,

Lee’s Summit, Missouri

February 16, 2013

While seeing the sights on Boone Hall Plantation just north of Charleston we had a gentle reminder of who is always around. Every time Judy and I see butterflies Shirley is in our thoughts.

Larry & Judy Guenther

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Bob McGlinn,

Carbondale, Illinoi

February 13, 2013

Shirley Mura McGlinn was always growing into the very best most loving person she could be. My contact with her started back at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas where she we were both involved in YCS ( Young Christian Students and CYO ( Catholic Youth organization. Someplace I have pictures of YCS study weeks we both attended and the natl. CYO convention in Kansas City. Shirley had a joyful, peaceful heart then and maintained it all of her life. I followed her courageous , graceful struggle with cancer through Larry Gunthers emails. We connected again the fall of 2011 at the Imac reunion. I COULD SEE THE DEEP FAITH AND PEACE THAT SHE HAD WITHIN. Her spirit was still shining bright, her love of life in full bloom. When we are touched by someone they are forever a part of us…no matter the time and distance. She remains forever with us in Spirit… a new special angel in heaven for us all to pray to and thank. The lesson: tell people daily while they are alive how they touch us. Say thank you often, write the note. Spread the joy and gratitude. Celebrate the loving life that Shirley lived.

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Marsha Loman Miller,

Northville,, Michigan

February 11, 2013

What a wonderful lady who inspired her classmates at IMAC to “be the best they can be”. Everyone loved & respected Shirley…she was an angel and will be terribly missed!! God bless Bob and Shirley’s family.

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Ray Gillespie,

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

February 10, 2013

My beautiful and beloved Aunt Shirley was such an amazing woman. With her incredible intellect, energy, and loving nature she changed the lives of her students. She was a genuine human being who always made others feel understood and appreciated. She was brilliant physically as well, with her crystal blue eyes, her radiant smile, and the glowing warmth of her presence. She had a wonderful, easy laugh which I will always remember. Knowing her and observing how she lived her life to the fullest has left an indelible mark on me and indeed changed me for the better. By her example, I have seen what true grace is. I will strive to live as she did and in this way, she will always be with me.

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Diana Darland,

Royal Oak, Michigan

February 09, 2013

I have been blessed to know Bob and Shirley for many years..It was truly a sad day to learn of Shirley’s passing,but enabled me to realize how fortunate I was to know her.I wish I woild have told her that..Always an optimist; and always greeted you with the warmest sincere smile you have ever known.When your path crossed with Shirley your day just got much better ! She will be missed by countless others,but the wonderful effect she had on everyone will last forever.Thank you Shirley for making a better world !You were simply the VERY BEST !
Bill Mc Minn

February 03, 2013

Shirley was a very special person. Everyone that met her realized that. She will be missed by so many. May the good memories comfort your family. Sincerely, Ron and Sharon Benton

February 02, 2013

Shirley had such a gentle way about her. I always found that intriguing and angelic. I’m glad I knew her as I think there are few like her.
Peg Fitzgerald Stainer

February 01, 2013

Never will I see a butterfly without thinking about Shirley! She was always as lovely, graceful and pleasing as the winged free spirit she loved. I’ll cherish her memory and smile remembering the moments she touched my life.

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Janet Castellini,

Cincinnati, Ohi

February 01, 2013

Shirley responded after reading my bio for our 50th class reunion, “Oh Sheila how cool!” How cool that Shirley left this earth with not one enemy, she was loved by all who knew her!

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Sheila Gillespie Bresnahan,

Meridian, Idaho

January 31, 2013

I have never known anyone quite like Shirley Mura McGlinn. She was so loving, so intelligent, so remarkable. She made such a difference in my life. There is an empty part of my life now, but memories of joy and sharing that are so precious. She was the sister I always longed for.

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Mary McGlinn,

Royal Oak, Michigan

January 31, 2013

Gone from this earth, but never forgotten. Miss you every day.
Your loving husband Bob.

January 17, 2013

I was so very sad to hear about Mrs. McGlinn’s passing. I first met her when interviewing for MEDPREP and grew to know her better after starting the program. She was such a bright and kind spirit. She offered words of encouragement to me when I had my own battle with cancer. She was truly and angel in earth and will be missed dearly. God bless her and her family.
Kerri Lockhart. MEDPREP ’04.

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Kerri Lockhart,

Chicago, Illinois

January 09, 2013

I have known Shirley since the early 1970’s. She was the leader of a small group of graduate students who worked in my lab in the Department of Zoology at SIU. She was a joy to work with and brought a spirit of harmony to the lab environment. She exemplified all of the qualities of students that make professors proud. Her work as a teaching assistant and developing researcher was superior, and not surprising, she was the first among my students to publish research in a peer reviewed jpurnal.

She was a consummate professional who brought the very best out of those with whom she worked. She was a giver by example, evidenced by her dedication, professionalism, generosity and friendship. She was even-tempered, an independent thinker and she commanded the attention and respect of those around her.

She will be fondly remembered by her students as well as her colleagues. Her family and friends may be comforted by her stellar record of achievements, and because she will be forever immortalized in the hearts and minds of her students and in the scientific literature. As her former teacher, I am deeply saddened that she has expired but feel privileged to have known and worked with her. I offer my heartfelt sympathy to her husband, Bob, and to their wonderful family.

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Benjamin A. Shepherd,

Makanda, Illinois

January 09, 2013

Bob, Matt and Maura,

I was so saddened to learn of your loss. Shirley encountered her medical challenges with dignity and courage. Even though her connection with our family was as Ben’s second graduate student at SIU, she was very kind and supportive with Tiger, Shelly and me. Our family will miss her most as a die-hard Saluki fan!

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Ann Marie Shepherd,

Makanda, Illinois

January 06, 2013

I am remembering all of the cherished advice that Shirley gave me as I counseled medical students for SIU. I am so sorry for your lost.

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Margarette Davis,

Knoxville, Tennessee

January 02, 2013

Maura, So sorry to hear about your Mother. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Marilyn

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Marilyn Starkey,

Carterville.Il

January 02, 2013

My deepest condolences to Bob and the entire McGlinn family on Shirley’s passing. I met Shirley through the MEDPREP family, and I deeply loved and appreciated her unflagging commitment to her students, her enthusiasm for teaching and research, and her incredible support of students, staff and teachers alike. Here’s to you, Shirley – you made this world a better place, and I will continue to be inspired by you.

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Anneke Metz,

Makanda, Illinois

January 02, 2013

I remember Shirley as an engaging teacher, fun, yet professional. A beautiful person, she touched so many. May perpetual light shine upon her.

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Hope Baluh (Timp) Class of 1983,

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

January 02, 2013

Bob,

Shirley was a smiling face and guiding hand for me at MEDPREP the entire 20+ years I have been with the program. She was one of the most talented people I know. We will miss her.

Linda and Russ

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Linda Herrold,

Murphysboro, Illinois

January 02, 2013

As a fellow cancer survivor, I admire the battles Shirley fought. She was an example to us to keep fighting and to her students to keep learning. Her spirit did not yield to that monster of a disease.
Shirley was always a happy soul, always willing to help anybody.
Thanks, Shirley, for being you.

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Sandy Shea,

Carbondale, Illinois

January 01, 2013

I just got the news. So sorry, Bob. You are much in my thoughts on this first day of the new year.

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Bill Stevens,

Carbondale, Illinois

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December 31, 2012

My condolences to the family. Shirley was valued as a colleague and a friend. She was a truly gifted and dedicated teacher.

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Dan Chavez,

Haines, Alaska

December 30, 2012

Shirley was a truly great teacher, dedicated to her work and the students. I am sure she will be deeply missed by her family and all those she touched.

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Roger Robinson,

Mebane, North Carolina

December 30, 2012

Bob, Matt and Maura,
We did not know Shirley had passed until now. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Shirley was beautiful and fun and we have such fond memories of dancing with her at Thunderbirds! Hope she’s dancing now. She will be much missed.

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Sandy and Jerry Hostetler,

Murphysboro, Illinois

December 29, 2012

Bob, Maura, Matt & Families – To our first “neighbors” on Park Lane we are sorry for the loss of Shirley. She may be gone from this earth, but she will remain forever in your hearts and in the memories of many. Our prayer is that you find comfort from those memories. God bless each and every member of your families. Fondly, Joyce & Bill Crippen

December 29, 2012

Dear Mr. McGlinn, Matt and Maura,
Wrapping you each up in love and prayers for God’s grace, comfort and healing. Mrs. McGlinn was an amazing, smart, beautiful, and beloved woman. Her accomplishments as a person are so many but I guess the one that stands out to me most was the wonderful mother that she was. As a young teenager she was practically a second Mom to me since Maura and I were best friends and inseparable throughout junior high and high school. She always had a sweet smile and hug for me and treated me like her own daughter. Mr. McGlinn was the vocal one but Mrs. McGlinn was the quiet, strong force behind the family. She was so full of love for her family and that was always evident. I loved her laugh and smile and beautiful hair and sparkly eyes. She was so proud of Matt and Maura and loved her grandchildren. She will live in our hearts forever and her legacy will shine on through each of you. Love and prayers for comfort, peace and understanding.
Kathy Vicars Parrish

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Kathy Parrish,

Meridian, Mississippi

December 29, 2012

To Mrs. Shirley McGlinn & Family, I salute you! Sincerely, MAJ Vicars…OEF Veteran and Saluki Fan Through and Through! You were the best thing since sliced bread! We Will Truly miss your Wonderful Smile and Company @ Saluki Games Always! We are Sad for your loss but Happy for the Family you helped Create! Peace and Love to you and yours during this Holiday Season!

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Michael Vicars,

Clarksville, Tennessee

December 28, 2012

 

BOB, SORRY TO READY ABOUT SHIRLEY, I CAN
UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE FEELING.

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SHIRLEY TOMKINS,

MARION TOYOTA

December 28, 2012

Shirley fought a courageous battle against insurmountable odds. We will always remember her beautiful smile, and we’ll especially cherish our memories from the many good times we were fortunate enough to share with our sweet, wonderful friend for nearly forty years. All of us in Saluki nation will miss her immensely. Mike and Kathy join us in extending our deepest sympathies to Bob, Matt, Maura, and families. May she rest in peace.

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Bill & Lee Ann Vicars,

Meridian, Mississippi

December 27, 2012

So sorry to learn of Shirley’s death. Bob, my prayers are withy you.

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Gordon White

December 27, 2012

So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to your whole family.

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John and Mary Pohlmann,

Carbondale, Illinois

December 26, 2012

My sincere sympathy, Bob. Shirley was a beautiful person. you are in my prayers.

Charley McGlinn

December 26, 2012

Bob lost a beloved wife, I lost a dear friend, and the University community lost a valued member. We’ll miss you Shirley.

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John Roseberry,

Carbondale, Illinois

 

 

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