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Holy Trinity Catholic Church~Assumption
Saturday January 16th, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Metamora
Saturday January 16th, 2021

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Shirley Mae Salsbury

Shirley Mae (Smallman) Salsbury, age 91, of Metamora, died peacefully at home on Monday, January 11, 2021, with her family at her side, following a brief illness. Born February 23, 1929 in Morenci, Michigan, to Lee and Eva (Price) Smallman, Shirley grew up on the family farm in rural Metamora, Ohio. She graduated from Metamora High School in 1948, and worked briefly at the Wire Factory in Wauseon. 

Shirley married Jack M. Salsbury on September 24, 1955 and together they built a home and loving family. Jack preceded Shirley in death on March 6, 2000.

Always an attentive and loving caregiver, Shirley devoted her life to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she would continuously declare made up “The Best Family in the World.” She was always eager to spoil them with affection, sugary treats, money slipped sneakily into palms and pockets, and playful teasing.

Shirley enjoyed attending sports and musical events, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, watching late night television, snuggling babies, snipping articles about her family from the newspaper, and going out to breakfast. She was a formidable opponent in card and board games. Shirley had a generous spirit, quick wit, and a knack for coining creative quips and phrases that would leave her family in stitches.

Waiting to welcome Shirley to her heavenly home were Jack Salsbury, her husband of 44 years; her parents, Lee and Eva; brothers Nelson Smallman and Frank Smallman, and sister Bonnie Stover.

Left to cherish her memory are Shirley’s three children, Sharon (Merlin) McCabe, Thomas (Ann) Salsbury, and Ronald Salsbury (Aimee Smeed); grandchildren Rebecca (Philip) Schwan, Melissa (Corey) Whitaker, Clayton (Alyssa) Salsbury, Ethan (Kristi) Salsbury, Hannah (Ryan) Reichler, Ryan Salsbury (Alexis Shock); 12 great-grandchildren, with two more expected in 2021, and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley is also survived by brother, John (Dorothy) Smallman.

Visitation for Shirley will be held with facial coverings required and social distancing observed at Weigel Funeral Home, 413 E. Main St., Metamora, Ohio on Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Services will be held beginning at 12:00 (Noon), with Kathy Trowbridge officiating.  Interment will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff at Elara Caring Hospice for their attentive care to Shirley and her family. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Lytton Zion Church of Christ or Elara Caring Hospice.

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We are sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. May the family be comforted by the prayers and condolences received. God Bless!

Rick and Hoilyn McKibben Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

Merlin, Sharon and Family, Don and I are so sorry for the loss of your mom. All these years I did not realize who were your parents. My mom and dad and step father and many friends used to play cards all the time with them. It is just a very small world. May the Lord hold your HEARTS in this very sad time in your lives. Don and Bonnie { Bernath } Ditch

Donald Ditch Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Salsbury

John and Shelley (Simon) Miller Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Salsbury family,
Deepest sympathy. Thinking of all of you during this time of sorrow. Praying that the days ahead bring you peace.
John W .and Carla Laver

John W Laver Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

we send our condolences to all the family, We enjoyed spending time with Shirley over the years. She was a spicy, sweet lady. We enjoyed the fun playing cards with her too, at Ron and Aimee's. Loved our Thanksgivings with her. Thanks for sharing her with us. Aimee's parents.. William and Linda Schmidt

Wm and Linda Schmidt Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

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