Shirley (Bahel) Brittingham Decker

June 15, 2020 West Grove, PA

Shirley (Bahel) Brittingham Decker, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Twin Pines Health Care in West Grove, PA, surrounded by her oldest daughter and son.

Shirley was the daughter of the late William and Alva Bahel.

In her early years, Shirley worked for ACA Mushrooms in Kennett Square. She was an active member of the Avondale Fire Company as part of the ambulance squad and Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from Avon Fuel in Avondale, PA.

Shirley and Jim loved to travel. She was a doll collector and enjoyed crafting with MaryAnn and the residents of Twin Pines. She was well known for her signature recipes and loved cooking in her free time. As a 1954 graduate of Kennett High School, Shirley regularly attended the annual reunion socials.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Decker, Sr.; former husband, Hilborn Brittingham, Jr.; brother, Robert Bahel; and her son, Jeffrey A. Brittingham.

Shirley is survived by her brother, Richard (Donna) Bahel of Wilmington, DE; her children, MaryAnn (Dan) Peters of Kennett Square, PA, Hilborn “Gus” Brittingham III (Pam) of Avondale, PA, Michael (Sheila) Brittingham of McMinnville, OR, Patti (Albert) Schrack of Delaware City, DE, Debbie (Claude) Chamberlain of Evanston, WY and Andrew (Brenda) Brittingham of Tuscumbia, AL and daughter in law, Diane Brittingham of Avondale, PA; her two step sons, James (Pam) Decker, Jr. of West Grove, PA and Michael (Beth) Decker of Landenberg, PA. Shirley will be dearly missed by her many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Due to the pandemic, services for Shirley will be held privately with family.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.





  1. Mom Brittingham im still in shock about Jeff. I spent many days at her crazy household. I dont know how she did it. I see now she was one strong woman that didn’t let anyone stop her. She was awesome as long as we didn’t get caught and if you did I know your butt was sore the next day. Your we’re an awesome mom and my second mom. Rest in peace Mom Brittingham you will never be forgotten. Love to my second family as I know this is a very hard loss.
    Love Belinda Hampton- Walton

    Belinda Walton | July 8, 2020 at 6:04 PM
  2. My condolences to the Decker family.

    Steve Crossan | June 22, 2020 at 7:58 PM
  3. My heart is broken. I have lost my partner in crime. Shirley, you were my best friend for over 40 years, and the stories and memories I have would make a fun book to read! I love you and miss you and forever will carry you in my heart. Rest in peace my dear sweet friend.

    Patti Testa | June 20, 2020 at 5:27 PM
  4. I worked with Shirley on many breakfasts and fund raisers, always had fun.
    She will be missed.
    I had spoken with her several times after she moved into Twin Pines.
    We would talk about those times.
    She was one of a kind,
    I will miss her.

    Steve Sr

    STEVEN COLE SR | June 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM
  5. The Avondale Fire Company would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    We know that she will be missed by the family and friends.
    Shirley put in many hours for the community to raise funds for the Fire Company.
    From The officers and members of The Avondale Fire Company.
    Steven Cole Sr ( Chaplain )

    STEVEN COLE SR | June 19, 2020 at 12:56 PM
  6. My heart is truly broken, MomMom, I am so glad we maintained the relationship that we had. I will miss your hugs, your kisses, starting trouble at Twin Pines, I will miss our phone calls and facetimes, most of all I just miss you. I am forever greatful your suffering is over. I know you and Uncle Jeff are just raising the heavens!! This is not good bye, its I’ll see you in heaven….I love you MomMom. RIP
    Love, Beckie

    Rebecca Aguilar | June 18, 2020 at 9:58 PM
  7. Sorry for your loss Pam, Jimmy & the rest of your family. The few times I met her, she was always smiling. I know she will be missed by many. Praying for comfort for you all.

    Lillian Ryan | June 18, 2020 at 9:35 PM
  8. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Shirley and many fun times we had. She will be missed. Rest In Peace.

    Alice Brittingham | June 17, 2020 at 8:41 PM
  9. I spent a lot of time at Brittinghams’ as a kid. I have no idea how she maintained crowd control except we were probably afraid she would beat our butt even if we weren’t her kid. I have great respect for her. Sending my sympathy to the family.
    Joyce (Thomas) Brooks

    Joyce Brooks | June 17, 2020 at 5:57 PM
  10. Condolences to all of the families in the loss of a Shirley. She was a delight to know. Fond memories of her at picnics and birthday parties. Prayers and thoughts are being sent.

    Donna and Paul Dawson | June 17, 2020 at 3:41 PM
  11. Many fond memories of us all growing up in Kennett. Loved her Mom & Dad.
    She will certainly be missed and her hard work was also admirable in the fire company.
    My sincere condolences to Rich, Gus and all the families.

    Joe Donohoe

    Joe Donohoe | June 17, 2020 at 9:40 AM
  12. My condolences to Pam and Jimmy and family and to Beth and Mike and family. Peace be with you all.

    Joyce Parrett | June 17, 2020 at 9:23 AM
  13. Farewell Shirley, my other mom from next door. Keep Jeff in line.

    Kenny | June 17, 2020 at 7:13 AM
  14. Shirley was a sweet lady and we loved having her in our beauty . shop. God gained a wonderful angel. My prayers are with her family. Peter and Marie Makchione

    Marie Malchione | June 17, 2020 at 7:08 AM
  15. My mom my heart is broken we were a pair to deal with at twin pines the joys we shared. I will always be grateful to you for being my mom. My pal. My friend. Seeing you to your end is not over we will be together again in the light. Your battle is over. Rest In Peace mommy. Your loving daughter

    MaryAnn and Dan peters | June 17, 2020 at 6:42 AM
  16. My love and sympathy to the Bahel, Brittingham and Decker families of Shirley as you mourn this loss. Shirley was a cousin that I have known my whole life. I always admired how hard she worked to provide the best for her family. She was always very kind,considerate and thoughtful of family members and friends. May God bless this family during this time of loss.
    Very Kind Wishes,
    Tom Bahel and family

    Thomas G Bahel | June 16, 2020 at 10:01 PM
  17. Mom you will truly be missed you have taught me a lot over the years.your trips out here were a lot of fun the chamberlain kids loved picking on you and Jim love always deb.

    Debbie chamberlain | June 16, 2020 at 8:47 PM
  18. We have a lot of memories over the years with Shirley at Fire Company functions…in all of them I remember her smiling. Sorry for your loss.
    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | June 16, 2020 at 8:18 PM
  19. Mommom I’m having a hard time knowing the last time I went to PA was the last time I was going to see you. I am happy I got to tell you I love you but sad I won’t be able to tell you again. I am also happy that you’re not suffering anymore & you went peacefully. I pray that you are in the arms of the Lord. Know that you are loved & will be greatly missed. I love you Mommom🙏🙌👏💞💞💞

    Jennifer & Ruben Reyes, Jr. | June 16, 2020 at 7:55 PM
  20. So sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. Julie and Charles standifer.

    Julie and Charles standifer. | June 16, 2020 at 5:41 PM
  21. It brings me great solace to know that Shirley’s suffering has ended and she is reunited with her son. It’s highly debatable if they are behaving themselves. We miss you both. Rest In Peace. Until we meet again.
    Diane, Lauren and David

    Diane Brittingham | June 16, 2020 at 3:48 PM

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