In memory of
Shirley A. (Thornton) Gilchrist
Shirley A. (Thornton) Gilchrist Shirley Annette (Thornton) Gilchrist, age 70, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 08, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas. She was born July 18, 1948 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Her parents were Marjorie Elda (Aller) Thornton and George Leo Thornton. Shirley graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn University (summa cum laude). She passed the CPA exam. Shirley retired from the State of Kansas. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She was a talented seamstress and quilter. She produced an annual family cookbook for 30 years, created family calendars, and was the family historian. She homeschooled her three children. Shirley married James Wessels Gilchrist on February 3, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband (February 24, 2016), parents, by her oldest son, Brendan Gilchrist (March 11, 1978 to August 4, 2007), a niece, a nephew, and a sister-in-law. She is survived by her two children, Erin (Gilchrist) Showalter (Joe) of Haven and Daniel Gilchrist (Amy) of Topeka, and her grandchildren Eli Showalter and Addison Showalter. She is also survived by her siblings, Daryl Thornton (Germantown, MD), Wayne Thornton (Topeka), Keith (Jonnie) Thornton (Fort Worth, TX), Marguerite (Randy) Kennedy (Topeka), and Lowell (Kathy) Thornton (Topeka). Shirley is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 12th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave. in Topeka. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church or to the Topeka Rescue Mission.
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