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Shirley A. Wooldridge

April 13, 1936 - May 19, 2020

Shirley A. Wooldridge, age 84, of Rising Sun, MD, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Born in Laird, MI on April 13, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Selma (Naamanka) Juntunen. Shirley started her career at DuPont Co. as a driver of the executives in Wilmington, and later became a warehouse associate at the Eagle Run site in Newark. She was a highly respected employee, every performance review she got stated “You’re a hard worker.”

Shirley and her husband, Frank, loved to travel and explored the entire continental U.S. during their RV trips. She especially liked to visit Michigan and West Virginia for family reunions. Spending time with her many nieces, nephews and extended family was something she cherished very much. Shirley and Frank often took vacations at their trailer in Rehoboth Beach, spending many weekends there. She loved to have fun and enjoyed getting together with friends.  She was an immaculate homemaker, everything in her home was always tidy. Shirley was always willing to offer a helping hand to her daughter when she visited, saying “I can help you clean!” She was notorious for making any microwave sparkling clean, no matter how dirty it was. Shirley went weekly to the beauty parlor to get her hair done, a ritual she treasured. She maintained wonderful friendships with her stylists, starting with Mario, to Beverly, and then Joy. Shirley was also an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Wooldridge; stepdaughter, Deborah; siblings, Linda Lohela (Henry), Eleanor Taurianinen (Arthur), Charles Juntunen (Meimi) and Jenny Holstein (Chuck); and brothers-in-law, Arthur McHardy and Harrold Sheppard. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Urbston-Meth (Jeff); stepchildren, Bobby, Donna and Dinah; siblings, Helmi McHardy of Naples, FL, Lorraine Coleman of Rochester Hills, MI, Elsie Sheppard of Sterling Heights, MI and Henry Juntunen (Shari) of Hancock, MI; grandchildren, Isaac Meth and Owen Meth; and many step grandchildren whom she loved.

All services will be held privately.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Calvert Manor for their compassion and care over the years.


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3 Condolences for Shirley A. Wooldridge

  • My heart goes out to my best friend, Carole, and her family: “May you experience peace like never before.” Rest In Peace Shirley.

  • Cousin Carole,
    I told cousin Robin that if I had to describe Aunt Shirley in one word that word would be joyful. She is so funny. When the family got together, she always made us laugh. Heaven is a joyful place; I’m sure she feels right at home. She will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family during this time.
    Cousin Debbie

  • So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing, I have tried for over two years to find where she was after Varlano. She was a great friend and we had a lot of fun times together. I met Shirley back in 1962 and remained friends even though we didn’t see one another we kept in touch. She did keep everything clean and looking brand new. She always kept things up to date and in fashion. I send my prayers to carol and her husband. Carol was so young when I last saw her. I now know where Shirley is and I know that she is hosting one great party..and we will get together again. God Bless.
    Connie Williams
    Bear, Delaware