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Shirley Ann (Shaw) Thorburn

Posted on 7/30/2018 by

Shirley Ann (Shaw) Thorburn

Shirley Ann (Shaw) Thorburn, of Lincoln, joined the Lord on July 25, 2018. She was born on February 21, 1939 in Friend, NE to Doyt W. and Esther (Larson) Shaw. Shirley was the third of four children. The Shaws were beloved and respected by everyone in the small towns they lived, and provided to those who had less.


Shirley and Willard met in summer of 1955, after Will returned from service in Tripoli Libya.  “Will” was smitten with Shirley while stationed at the Lincoln Airforce Base. Shirley followed Will back to his family home in Melrose Ma, where they later married at First Methodist Church November 29th 1958.  After several years, the couple moved back to Lincoln to raise their family, and be close to Shaw family and relatives.

Shirley worked many years as a bank loan officer and later retired from Goodyear Rubber.


Shirley was loyal to everyone, she loved and dedicated to the lord. She made everyone, even animals, feel both special and loved.


Shirley is survived by her husband, Willard H. Thorburn, former Air Force, of Lincoln, NE; her loving sons, Rodney H. Thorburn of Dallas TX, Ryan H. Thorburn of Lincoln, NE, and loving daughter, Shirley (John) Stout; Sister, Mary Ann Shaw; Grandchildren, Grant and Grayson Thorburn, Stephan, Alex and Meaghan Stout, as well as many other family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Brothers, Doyt L. Shaw and Jim R. Shaw; and nephew, Mark R. Shaw.


Viewing from 12:00-1:15 pm at Metcalf Funeral Home 245 N 27th St. Lincoln (27th & Q st.)


A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday

July 31st, at Yankee Hill Cemetery, located at SW 12th Street & W. Pioneers Blvd. Casual attire is welcome.


Following graveside service, please join us at Lee’s Chicken 1940 W. Van Dorn St. Lincoln, to celebrate Shirley’s love for life, servant leadership and dedication to her family and many friends. Causal attire.


In lieu of flowers, condolences and memorials to the family c/o Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 North 27th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68503


Please forward any photos you wish to share of Shirley and you to: [email protected]   cell: 817-538-8326


Doyt and Esther Shaw raised their children with integrity,

teaching their children by example a hard work ethic, love and care that spread among others in community.


Shirley’s passion was horses, would clean stalls for the opportunity to train and ride bareback. Shirley was known as the pretty tomboy working on and racing cars side by side with her brothers Doyt and Jim, she even raced trains across the tracks from her parents home to work. Shirley was her little sister Mary Ann’s protector. 


Aunt Shirley, Momma Shirley, Mom. made you and your friends feel “Special” and welcome to stay and play and eat macaroni and cheese at the Thorburn’s.


You never left Shirley without “lots of hugs and lots of kisses”.  As Always an “I Love You”. More times than you could count…

God Bless You Shirley Thorburn!


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