December 1932 — July 31, 2018
Shirley Verne Woodside McLaughlin passed into the arms of Jesus on July 31, 2018 at Lone Oak Care Facility, Eugene, Oregon in the presence of family and care givers.
Mother of 6, including Colleen Busch of Keizer, Shirley’s 85 years included music (violin), Rainbow Girls, Job’s Daughters, Eastern Star, canning, crocheting, sewing, being married to her love, Clarence McLaughlin being proud of family (brother Don Woodside was a member of the California Legislature, and Arthur “Woody” Woodside received the “Order of the British Empire” for leading the development of the “Mass Flow Meter” for jet engines in WWII), and raising family during the Korean and Viet Nam War eras.
Shirley was born to Arthur and Maude Woodside December of 1932 and was raised in Butte, MT. She was the youngest of her four siblings who preceded her in death: Dorothy Riley of Helena, Montana, Arthur “Woody” Woodside of Slidell, Louisiana, Don Woodside of Sacramento, California and Beverly Cichosh of Great Falls, Montana. Her father was a mechanic and her mother was a school teacher.
She is survived by sons, Bruce McLaughlin of Keizer and Brian McLaughlin of Roseburg, Oregon; Daughters, Colleen Busch of Keizer, Gloria Holt of Harrisburg, Oregon and Renee Phillips of Great Falls, Montana, sister-in-laws Ginny Woodside of Sacramento, California, Eyla Welborn of Grand Junction, Colorado, Betty Trevena of Turner, Oregon, Deloris McLaughlin of Spokane Washington and Hazel Scott of Libby, Montana 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren with two on the way. She is preceded in death by her husband, three children, one son-in-law, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
After his 3 years, 6 months and 18 days in the army, serving on Okinawa and in Korea, Shirley and Clarence met in January of 1953 and married in October that year in Butte, Montana,. They went where there was work: mining in Butte, building Foster Dam, working for True Value in Oak Ridge Oregon, logging out of Foster Oregon, driving long haul out of Eugene, Oregon and managing Clarence’s brother’s mobile home park in Cortez, Colorado. Shirley’s main work was as a homemaker, with a few jobs here and there. She sometimes traveled with Clarence, crocheting afghans for the grandchildren. Shirley served her communities through the Order of Eastern Star from 1968-1986, chairing the Cancer Research Fund Committee in 1981. As she grew in her Christian walk, she chose to concentrate her service on her church and family.
After Clarence’s death in 2006, Shirley lived with family, moving to Oregon in 2015, then to Lone Oak Assisted Living in Eugene due to health issues, where she thrived amongst her new friends, praising Jesus and bragging on her kids. We will miss you greatly Mom, Grandma, Aunt, and Great Grandma.
“It’s not good-bye. It’s ‘See you later!'”
Services will be held at King’s Grace Fellowship in Junction City, Oregon, at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Cancer Research in her name to: Grand Chapter of Oregon, Order of the Eastern Star, PO Box 68257, Oak Grove, Oregon 97268, or to the Cancer Research Foundation of your choice.