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Obituary: Jean Marie Shires 1951 - 2013
Jean Marie Shires
Jean Marie Shires

Jean Marie Shires, 62, passed away last Sunday, May 12, 2013. She was born in Red Oak, IA, but moved to AZ in 1962. She was a Verde Valley resident for the past 26 yrs.

She majored in Sociology, earning her Bachelor’s degree from ASU, and her Master’s from NAU. She enjoyed teaching at Yavapai College and will be especially remembered for her Medical Terminology and Medical Transcription classes there. She also pioneered an internship program in which she prepared and mentored students who worked in the Medical Records department of Verde Valley Medical Center. She was passionate about preparing her students for a good career in Medical Transcription. Jean was quick-witted and entertained her students with her sense of humor in the classroom.

Jean was an amateur artist and especially loved to paint. She used oils as well as watercolors to create many beautiful paintings. She also sketched with pencil and charcoal, and occasionally dabbled in sculpting.

She had a great fondness for correct spelling, and loved to do crossword puzzles and proofread. And like her mother, Rilla, did not have patience with those who were sloppy in their spelling skills.

Jean was known for her love of laughter, and especially found children to be very entertaining. She was especially delighted to be a great Aunt to Landon, Laney, and Carter Shires.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Rilla Shires. She is survived by 2 brothers: Dan (Hui Suk) Shires of Albuquerque, and Sam (Madeline) Shires of Cottonwood. Survivors also include 4 nephews and 1 niece: Chris Shires of Chandler; Cory Shires of Atlanta, GA; Mitchell (Teesha) Shires of Albuquerque; Matthew (Briana) Shires of Cottonwood; and Lindsey Shires of Cottonwood.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Cottonwood on Sunday, May 19th, at 2:00 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013
Article comment by: Pat Bonomo

My husband and I lived in Nutrioso, AZ 30+Years ago. Our neighbor was a retired medical transcriptionist in Phx for YEARS. One of her co-workers was Jean. Jean and I loved Annabelle and thought of her as our Mom. So Jean and I jokingly called one another Sisters. Altho we didn't see each other on a regular basis, when we did...full of laughter. I still have one of Jeans' paintings.

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Article comment by: Danny & Jane Lawson

we were so sorry to hear of Jean's passing -- I worked with Jean at Verde Valley Medical Center 20 years ago, and Danny worked with her Dad -- you are all in our prayers for peace, knowing that Jean is now teaching in a better place and no doubt getting perfection that she wanted! Jane & Danny

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Wendy Eckberg

I took Jean's medical terminology class almost 20 years ago. She made it fun and I still remember what I learned today. I was also in her first women's studies class, as well as being a student in her medical transcription class. She made learning fun. She will be missed.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Jennifer Newell

Lindsey I am so sorry to hear about this, my thoughts and prayers are with you! Please let me know if I can do anything.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Laura McKean

You were a great neighbor. I will always remember the few chats we had. Seeing your beautiful rose bushes will always make me think of you. You will be greatly missed by our family.

Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Article comment by: Roberta Welborn

Jean was a knowledgeable, one-of-a-kind teacher that had the ability to perfectly integrated humor with learning. Such a great smile and an obvious love of her family. She will be missed dearly.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Hannah Lopez

I am so sorry to learn of Jean Shires passing. She was one fun, awesome teacher when I was in one of her classes. She made learning so much fun. Even outside the classroom she was always so happy to visit with. She will be missed greatly.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Maryann Canning

Most fun I every had in a classroom. I believe that I have retained everything she ever taught me because she made every word memorable.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Josie Graves-Romero

I was fortunate enough to have Jean for a few classes. She was such a great teacher and always made you laugh, especially with her stories! She made you want to learn and be the best you could be in her class. She talked fondly of her family and was very proud of all of them. RIP Jean Shires.. You will be greatly missed.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Cahorshak

Having you as a teacher changed my life. I have never been able to look at a misspelled word in print without thinking of you. I will miss your emails. You always made me laugh.

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