Former Downriver resident remembered for her kindness and compassion, a memorial service for former Lincoln Park resident Shirley Ann Jolley is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at St. John Episcopal Church of Detroit, 2326 Woodward Ave. Mrs. Jolley's husband, Clayton T. Jolley Sr., said she died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at Lakeview Manor in Tawas City, after a lengthy illness. The couple had been longtime Lincoln Park residents and both had worked in the Downriver area for many years. Mrs. Jolley had been employed in the food service and health care fields for many years and Mr. Jolley had spent 32 years at the former McLouth Steel. The couple moved to Oscoda 21 years ago. Mrs. Jolley was born Oct. 18, 1944 in Detroit, the daughter of Lester and Hazel Richardson. She spent her childhood in Detroit and attended high school there. After high school, she worked as a certified nurse's assistant and as a physician's assistant, as well as a phlebotomist for a physician in Lincoln Park – all while raising a family, her husband said. She also earned a real estate license, he said, and found time to be a member of the auxiliary of American Legion Post 254. " She was quite accomplished," Mr. Jolley said, "and yet my wife also was a down-to-earth woman of compassion, generosity, kindness and passion, all dispensed with an occasional and unexpected dose of humor. She served family, friends and her patients in many ways, and I am blessed to have been able to share the past 26 years with her as my wife." In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jolley is survived by a son, Jamie Godsey; three stepchildren, Nelson Perugi (Lisa), Clayton T. Jolley Jr. (Nicole) and Esther Jolley Burley (Matthew); four siblings, Darel Richardson (Joyce), Ronald Richardson, Patricia Richardson and Michael Richardson; five grandchildren, Antara, Rachel, Brittany, Jamie Jr. and Skylene; two step-grandchildren, Nicholas and Justine; and a special niece, Julie Richardson. She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Tracey Marie Godsey and Thomas S. Godsey; and a brother, Charles Richardson. Arrangements are being handled by Buresh Funeral Home, Oscoda Chapel. Anyone wishing to attend the memorial service at St. John's is welcome to do so, the family said. The church is across from the Fox Theatre and can be reached for additional information. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church, the Wounded Warrior Project or a charity of choice. Condolences may be offered online at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
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