Shirley was born on the last day of the year in 1928 to Ernest and Alice Lowmiller. She had one older brother. The family was living in Kane, Wyo., at the time. Her father worked in mining and also for the railroad, so the family moved often during her younger years. She attended country schools and often rode her horse to school. She was not a fan of horses, as they often left her in a snowdrift. The family eventually settled in Fromberg, Mont., where she graduated from high school.
After graduation she worked in Billings at a photo shop and attended business school. She moved to Utah and went to work doing secretarial work at Dugway Proving Grounds where she met her husband to be, Cornelius Riedl. They were married in 1951 and had eight children: five daughters and three sons.
After the military they moved to Billings where Con went to work at the Exxon Refinery. The last two years before retiring Con worked for Exxon in Rotterdam, Holland. The children had grown and gone, so the two of them spent this time enjoying Holland and exploring Europe.
Shirley was a member of Catholic Daughters, belonged to a Pinochle club and loved to play Rummikub. She collected antiques and other collectibles, enjoyed listening to good dance music and old country western songs.
For the last ten years Shirley lived at West Park Village were she played bingo, cards, and loved to read. She attributes her longevity to her orneriness which kept her going.
Shirley is survived by five of her children Nancy (Steve) Reed, Patrick Riedl, Rebecca Riedl and her husband Michael Collins, Bridget (Josh) Moriarty, and Brice Riedl.
Shirley is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Cornelius and three of her children Nadine, Mary Robin, and Cornelius Jr.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the West Park Village Employee Christmas Fund or RiverStone Hospice.
A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at St. Pius.
Arrangements in the care of Dahl funeral Chapels.