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