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Shirley Willoughby Canham

August 22, 1926 - August 7, 2017

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Shirley Willoughby Canham, 90, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, passed away on August 7, 2017.
Shirley was born August 22, 1926 in Valdosta, GA to Broadus and Olga Willoughby and grew up in Colquitt, GA. She married Richard Canham on August 23, 1952 in Annapolis, MD. They would have celebrated 65 years together.
Shirley graduated from Mercer University in Macon, GA after attending Bessie Tift College. She worked as a secretary at the Pentagon before attending The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1953....

Shirley Willoughby Canham, 90, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, passed away on August 7, 2017.
Shirley was born August 22, 1926 in Valdosta, GA to Broadus and Olga Willoughby and grew up in Colquitt, GA. She married Richard Canham on August 23, 1952 in Annapolis, MD. They would have celebrated 65 years together.
Shirley graduated from Mercer University in Macon, GA after attending Bessie Tift College. She worked as a secretary at the Pentagon before attending The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1953. She spent most of her life working as a registered nurse until retirement.
Shirley was a member of First Baptist Church of Shawnee for 53 years. She earned a master craftsmans certificate in canvas from the Embroiderers' Guild of America and was a member of numerous needlework organizations. Shirley also worked with the Shawnee Literacy Group to teach English as a second language. She traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well Russia and Israel, including mission trips with groups from First Baptist Church.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Dick Canham; her children, Randy and Vickie Canham of Lexington, KY, Andy and Jeanette Canham of Sevierville, TN, and Susan Canham of Shawnee, OK; her brother, Broadus and Lib Willoughby of Asheville, NC, and sister, Janie Smith of Richmond, VA. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 18 nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Broadus and Olga Willoughby; brother, Sidney Willoughby, and sister Olga Spanko.
Visitation will be Friday, August 11, 2017, at Resthaven Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A celebration of Shirley's Life will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial at Resthaven Memorial Park.