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Shirley Grace Bigness

Jan 29, 1938  - March 4, 2021

Klamath Falls, Or Shirley Bigness of Klamath Falls, passed away on March 4th at the age of 83 with family by her side after a lengthy illness.  Shirley was born in Spokane, WA, the first and only daughter to Earl Edward Olmstead and Vera Grace (Flanigan) Olmstead on January 29, 1938.  She married Glenn Bigness on October 25th 1958.  They made their first home in Aloha and later moved to Tillamook where they had three children. A job transfer brought them to Mill City where she worked as a cashier at Hilltop Market. Most times she was reserved and quiet but she could bring the house down with her jokes.

In 2001, she and Glenn moved out of the rain to Klamath Falls where they built a house on 40 acres which was later dubbed by the family as Bear Valley Land and Cat. She enjoyed bird watching, collecting rocks, reading, hiking, picking huckleberries, traveling and spending time her family.  She excelled at counted cross-stitch and was honored with several Oregon State Fair Blue Ribbons for her remarkable projects. She was the loving mother of 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 63 years, Glenn, daughter; Leslie (Scott) Stewart of Mill City, sons; Christian Bigness of Gates, and Matthew Bigness of Redmond; grandchildren: Kendra (Josh) Childress, Kelsey (Eric) Kenney, Chase Bigness, Vancleave, MS, Kyle Bigness, Vancleave, MS, and Katherine Grace Bigness, Stayton, Great-granddaughters, Quinn Everleigh, Scarlett Grace, and Waverly Lucille Childress, and a brother; Earl Edward Olmstead Jr, White City, Or.  She was preceded in death by her father; Earl Edward Olmstead, mother; Vera Grace Olmstead and brother; Vincent M. Olmstead.

A memorial service will be held at a date later this spring or summer at Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon.


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