Shirley Joyce Holloway, nee La Riviere passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022 and went to join her beloved husband, Ken Holloway Sr who had passed a few months prior. Shirley and Ken were married for 71 happy years.
Born in Detroit, MI and raised in Dearborn, MI, Shirley was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy La Riviere.
Shirley was in high school at Fordson High School when she asked Ken, then a student in junior college, to attend the sponge dance at school with her. They were together from then on, communicating through letters once Ken moved to PA for work. They married after a year, and Shirley joined Ken in PA where they raised their family. Shirley was a talented seamstress, making her own clothes growing up and then gifting her family with homemade garments. Ken and Shirley were avid sailors, spending many wonderful days out on the “Passing Fancy”. Shirley was a dedicated reader, always bringing a book with her wherever she went. Shirley or MomMom/Great Mom as her grandchildren and great grandchildren knew her, made sure to attend and support all of their sports or school events and special interests.
Shirley worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Laskin in Ridley Park for many years, before retiring to enjoy her days with Ken and the rest of her family.
Shirley is survived by her son Kenneth Jr and his wife Marlel; her son Mark and his wife Donna; her son Dale and his wife Carol; as well as seven grandchildren, Lauren (Mark), Christina (James), Jacqueline (David), Dawne (Stephen), Dale Jr, Jonathan (Christine), Brooke (Casey), and 10 great grandchildren Kesi, Jenna, Gabriel, Stephen, Jackson, Charlie, Tristan, Lucas, Emery and Jacey.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken, and sister Iona.
A private family memorial will be held.
Shirley will be remembered by her family as an example of unwavering love and care for her partner of 71 years, and the rest of her family. The color yellow and a delicious bite of chocolate will always bring her memory to mind.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Shirley’s memory to the Brandywine SPCA, as Ken and Shirley have been lifelong dog lovers. Donations may be made by going to https://bvspca.org.
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