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Shirley Ann (Kintz) Keudell Becker
July 26, 1932 - December 19, 2020

Salem - On December 19, 2020 after a lengthy battle with dementia Shirley Ann Kintz Keudell Becker peacefully passed away.  Shirley was born at the Brown House in Stayton on July 26, 1932 to Roman and Margaret Kintz, the eldest of three children.  During high school, Shirley worked at the Star Theater where she sold the first ticket in 1948.  After graduating in 1950 from St. Boniface School in Sublimity, Shirley worked for the Santiam Memorial Hospital on the fund-raising campaign. In January 1951 Shirley married Harvey Keudell and they left for the east coast where Harvey was stationed in the Military.  After military life, they settled in Aumsville where together they built a life of farming and raising their six children until Harvey’s untimely death in May of 1982.

Shirley was a devoted wife, mother and an excellent homemaker. She loved to meet new people and attend both her children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events.  She was a gracious hostess and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at Oregon State tailgates.  Throughout Shirley’s life she was a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Santiam Women’s Golf Club, PEO, Catholic Order of Foresters, Altar Society and was a board member of Santiam Valley Bank.  Shirley was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a devout supporter of Catholic education in Stayton.

In February 1988, Shirley married Thomas Becker from Newport and together they resided on the “Keudell” Home place but traveled the world.

Proceeding Shirley in death are her parents, her husbands, Harvey and Tom, sister and brother- in- law, Jeannette and Clement Lulay and stepson Michael Becker.

Surviving family are Shirley’s children and their spouses, Paula and Royce Smith, Alan and Patti, Steve and Sharon, Larry and Janice, Ron and Kimberly and Craig and Kelly Keudell; Sixteen grandchildren and spouses, and 26 great-grandchildren.  Along with Tom’s children, Tom and Maureen, John and Jan, Tim and Kim, Pat and Sally Becker, Mary and Tim Nolan, Anne and Doug Jantz, Jean and Jerry Hilary, Marge and Brian Grimsted, Rose and Pete Reynolds and Trena Becker; 27 grandchildren and spouses and 19 great-grandchildren along with brother and sister- in- law Jerry and Lanita Kintz.

Due to current Covid restrictions a private family service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, January 9th, 2021. Live streaming the Funeral Mass at 10:30

Donations can be made to the Regis St.Mary Foundation 550 W Regis, Stayton, OR 97383 or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 1077 N. 6th Ave Stayton, OR 97383.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Sweet Bye-n-Bye, where Shirley resided the last 6 years, for their constant loving care.  A special thanks to the Willamette Hospice for their compassionate care her last few days. Serving the family is North Santiam Funeral Service, in Stayton.


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