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Shirley Evelyn Brotherton Jenkins died Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Owasso Homestead Residence in Oklahoma. She was a former Monticello resident.

Born in 1932 in Edina, Shirley spent her life in rural towns in the Midwest. She left the family farm to obtain an RN degree at St. Mary Hospital in Quincy, IL, where she went on to become the evening supervisor. She continued her career working as a nurse for the Lewis County Health Department. Her final position before retirement was director of nursing at the Lewis County Nursing Home. Retirement did not slow her down, with a thorough yet patient style, Shirley taught CNA courses, enabling students to enter the nursing profession.

She married John R. Brotherton on January 1, 1955 in Quincy, an event she regarded as one of the many highlights of her life along with the births of her two children.

She loved to read, her two favorite topics being the Scriptures and history. She attended Bible study classes inclined towards critical analysis. The Victorian aesthetic always pleased her and as such she collected a wide array of antique shoes modeled after that era’s fashion. Needlework, quilting and cross-stitch were also skills she enjoyed.

She is survived by her brother, L.D. Nelson; her sisters-in-law, Phyllis Nelson and Sandra Nelson; her daughter, Denise Hallquist and son, Matthew Brotherton, as well as her son-in-law, Scot Hallquist and daughter-in-law, Patricia Brotherton; her grandchildren Jonathan, Kelly, Ryan and Ben Hallquist and John and Hannah Brotherton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Brotherton and brother, Larry Nelson.

Services were Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton, with Rev. Ben Killion officiating. Burial was in the Nelson Cemetery at Newark. A memorial service at the First Christian Church in Owasso will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in honor of Shirley.

Condolences may be expressed online

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Canton. Website: