Shirley Jane Lynch

Shirley Jane Lynch

May 09, 1928 - January 25, 2023

Shirley Jane Lynch passed away on January 25th, 2023, at the age of 94.

She was born in Pontiac Michigan on May 9th, 1928, the daughter of Cyril and Gertrude Cook, who have proceeded her in death.

She had 4 brothers, George, Ron, Neal, and Bill and 1 sister Patty. Neal resides in Florida and all other siblings have proceeded her in death.

She met the only love of her life, James P Lynch, in Savannah Georgia while visiting her bother. James was stationed in the military there, along with her brother. They met on a blind date.  A few weeks later they decided to elope and married in Jesop Georgia on April 24th, 1949, thus beginning their lifelong adventure together.

They were soon stationed in Wiesbaden Germany, where their first two children were born. James D. Lynch, who proceeded her in death, and Sheryl Martin, who resides in Denver Colorado. They traveled back to the States and landed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka Kansas. There, they continued to grow their family, having Terry Lynch (Pam) Olathe Kansas, Larry Scott Lynch, Topeka Kansas, Lisa Boatwright (Doug), Eskridge Kansas and David Lynch (Lori), Wilber Nebraska.

Shirley loved her family and spent many happy moments in her life with them. She had 14 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great Great Granddaughter.  She also loved spending time and talking with her many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Sister in Laws, and Brother in Laws.

Shirley worked at the First National Bank on Forbes Air Base. She later worked for the State of Kansas, retiring in 1998.

Her Husband James proceeded her in death in February of 2000.

Shirley enjoyed fishing and music, as well as listening to James play the piano, which he did quite well.  She loved playing Bridge and enjoyed visiting with her many friends. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and was quite the master of both games!

We will all miss Shirley so very much!

A Celebration of Life is planned for February 19th, at Luther Place Community Room, from 1:00PM to 2:30PM. Luther Place is located at 4900 SW Huntoon, in Topeka. The Community room is located in Luther building #2.

Shirley will be interred in Van Buren Arkansas alongside her beloved, on May 13th, 2023. 

Read Prayers and Memory's for “Shirley Jane Lynch”

  • I'm so sorry to lose my Sister (In-Law), Shirley.   We "talk" every day since she's been gone and I can imagine how happy she must be back with Jim and Jimmy and all her family waiting for her in heaven.  Love you and miss you Sister!  

  • I lovingly told my mother a couple of months ago that I was sure her calling in life was to bring children to faith in God.  Mom frequently told us the story of how she brought her younger siblings to an Episcopal Church every Sunday morning while her parents stayed home.  Likewise, she made sure all of her six children were in church every Sunday morning and brought to other church events as well.  I still remember the sound of the loud operatic voice of Mario Lanza booming from the stereo waking us up to get dressed for church.  Three of my brothers were acolytes and I sang in the church choir.  If it wasn't for our mother's diligence in making sure we attended church, I am not so sure that her children would have been brought to such a faith in God.  Thank you, Mom, for the gift of faith!

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