Shirley Ann (Eulert) Johnson was born on November 9, 1959 in Topeka, the youngest daughter of Harold and Sharon (Lietz) Eulert. She passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020. She grew up and attended school in Topeka, graduating from Topeka West High School in 1978. Shirley enjoyed playing softball.
Through her joy of playing softball, she met her husband, Chris Johnson. Chris and Shirley married on July 2, 1988. This union produced two sons.
Shirley enjoyed watching her sons grow. She regularly attended and helped with their sporting events, Boy Scouts and Topeka West Charger Band activities. She was proud as both sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. She was also proud of all they accomplished, what they have become and will miss seeing what the future holds for them.
Shirley was an avid sports fan, especially if it involved the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas Jayhawks. Her yard was a gathering spot for many types of birds and wildlife which she enjoyed watching and identifying. She enjoyed placing colorful flags in her front yard, changing them often. Shirley was a chocoholic and nothing satisfied her more than fudge.
Shirley was a part of a large and loving extended family. She cherished these chances to meet and talk with other family members and hosted many family gatherings.
Shirley was an active member of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church. She attended regularly and participated in activities.
Shirley was a giving person. She spent her career serving others through her work as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Kansas Neurological Institute, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and other home health agencies. Shirley’s final act of giving was an organ donor, impacting over 70 additional lives.
In addition to her husband, Shirley is survived by her sons, Colin (Eugene, Oregon) and Ian (Topeka). She is also survived by her mother, Sharon Eulert and sisters, Denise Eulert and Carol (Kevin) Morgan. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Eulert.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Penwell-Gabel, 1321 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604.
The funeral service will be private family only on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church. All are welcome online for the service’s live stream on the Susanna Wesley UMC Facebook Page at: facebook.com/SWUMCTopeka.
If you would like to join the family, please join them around 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery for the burial.
We do ask that you please wear masks and practice social distancing and in honor of Shirley please wear purple.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions made to Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS 66614, Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604 or the Topeka West Charger Band, 2001 SW Fairlawn Rd, Topeka, KS 66604.
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