Obit: Shirley VanVooren


Shirley M. VanVooren, 91, of Durant, formerly of Atkinson, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport.

A funeral service celebrating her life was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel. Deacon Nick Simon lead the celebration. Burial followed at St. Anthony Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 10 until 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Boys Town USA.

Shirley was born on July 19, 1927, the daughter of Mel and Elizabeth (VandeVoorde) Carton, in Annawan. Shirley was united in marriage to Robert VanVooren on Nov. 24, 1951, in Atkinson. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2013.

She was employed at the Wilton Community Bank as a teller for eight years and a librarian for the Scott County Association in New Liberty.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge, jigsaw puzzles and doing crossword puzzles. Shirley loved to fish. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Davenport.

Shirley is remembered by her daughters: Vicki (Gary) Neumann of Durant, Noreen (Russ) Price of Durant and Sherry Turkal of Port Byron; her son, Craig (Julie) VanVooren of Moline; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita (Wayne ) Olson of Cambridge, Illinois and Roberta Zorza of Grants Pass, Oregan; and brother, Lawrence (Lois) Carton of Geneseo.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Robert, four brothers and one sister.