Tuesday, July 27, 2021


Shirley Jean Walker (1931-2018)

Our mother, grandmother, our friend…

Shirley (Shirl) Jean Walker (Rutherford) at age 87, departed to the heavens on 06/29/2018. She passed with her family at her side as she listened to Frank Sinatra sing, “In the Wee Small Hours of the morning.”

Shirley was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Long Beach, CA, to Paul and Mildred Rutherford. She was raised in Maxwell, CA by her father and her Grandparents, James and Jean Finks.

She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Her family, brother Ron Rutherford of Pollock Pines, Ca, Glenn Berglund (Sue) of Mather, CA. Craig Berglund (Sherri) of Willows, CA, Michelle Berglund-Smith (Richard), of Durham, CA, Julienne Walker Kavanaugh (Steven), of Brentwood, CA. Shirley had 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Shirley was a volunteer police officer for Grass Valley Police Department, she enjoyed playing tennis, and she acted/sang in numerous plays at the Civic Arts in Walnut Creek, CA, (now Lesher Center for the Arts). She loved to travel and enjoyed meeting new people. She resided in Durham, CA, during her final days.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Dementia Society or Animal Humane Society of your choice.

Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 3:00 PM, in Durham, CA. For more information please email: Michelle at michelleemus@gmail.com or call Julie at (925) 759-2685.

“Speak of me as you have always done. Remember the good times, laughter and fun I had. Let your sorrow last for a while. Comfort each other and try to smile. I’ve rested my eyes and gone to sleep, but memories we’ve shared are yours to keep.” (Excerpts from Anthony Dowson)

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