Obit and grave of Shirley Ann (Grunkemeyer) Cowles

Shirley A. Cowles, 68 - Gravesite


Shirley Ann (Grunkemeyer) Cowles, 68, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at her residence. Mrs. Cowles was born on Oct. 7, 1949, in Cincinnati, and was a daughter of the late Harold and Mary Jane (Aubrey) Grunkemeyer. She was a member of the Park View Mennonite Church and participated widely in several Bible study groups in Harrisonburg. Shirley worked for Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe in the Dayton Farmers Market and also enjoyed quilting, sewing and reading. She volunteered at Ten Thousand Villages and Eastern Mennonite High School. Her life was filled with a spirit of beauty, grace and peace. On June 1, 1974, she married Spencer L. Cowles, who survives. In addition to her husband, Shirley is survived by three children, Saran Ann Cowles of Harrisonburg, William Walker Cowles II of New York City, and Emily Elizabeth Cowles of New York City, and a brother, Joe Grunkemeyer of North Carolina. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Grunkemeyer. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at Park Mennonite Church with Rev. Phil Kniss officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be held privately. Her casket will remain closed. Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com. Arrangements entrusted to the McMullen Funeral Home.

Comment: We dated briefly after college graduation. She was lovely. Now with the Lord