Shirley Brenn

Shirley Ann Brenn

Friday, July 11th, 1952 - Saturday, April 17th, 2021
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Shirley Ann Brenn, 68, of Gardner, KS, passed away April 17, 2021. Cremation. No services at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th St., Lawrence, KS 66046. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at

Shirley was born July 11, 1952 in Quinter, KS to Wilfred Albert and Martha Evelyn (Williamson) Rall. She grew up in Northwest Kansas where she graduated from Hoxie High School in 1970 and then earned her Associate and LPN degrees from Colby Community College. Shirley later lived in Sublette, Garden City and Lawrence; later moving to Gardner to be near her sister. She worked as an LPN for 45 years in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Her last five years were at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living working as a nurse in Lawrence, KS. Shirley was an active member of the Garden City First United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher. Spending time with family and friends was very important to her. She loved dogs; especially her special dog, “Phog”. She was a huge KU basketball fan. Shirley’s special hobby was photography and she also enjoyed other artistic activities. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilfred and brother-in-law, Marvin Hines. Shirley is survived by her mother, Evelyn Brainard, Goodland, KS; children: Gabriel Brenn, Chandler, AZ, Chelsey (Ryan) Dumler, Olathe, KS and Abraham (Ajay) Brenn, Shawnee, KS; stepson: Coy (Joan) Martin, Wichita, KS; siblings: Albert (Colleen) Rall, Brewster, KS, Marty Hines, Gardner, KS, Judy Easley, Gentry, AR, Melvin (Reta) Rall, Olustee, OK, Robert (Barbie) Rall, Goodland, KS; sisters and brothers-in-law: LeAnn (Duane) Nickel, Wichita, KS, Marcella (Nick) Tipton, Wichita, KS and Danny (Linda) Brenn, Colby, KS; grandchildren: Brenn, Colby, Arden, Avery, Madison and Grace.
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James Etling

Posted at 02:48pm
My sincere condolences for Shirley’s passing. Will always have fond memories of her when we played cards and socialized n Garden City. May she Rest In Peace.
Jim Etling

LeAnn Nickel

Posted at 10:48pm
Shirley was a blessing to our family from the moment she became a Brenn. She was a wonderful cook, artist, wife, mother, nurse, daughter, sister, sister in law and she was my friend! She was the perfect example of how to be a good person. I don’t recall her ever complaining and she was always there to lend a hand. She adored her grandchildren as they did her! She will be missed by so many friends and her family. I am so blessed and grateful that we got to have such a beautiful, strong, loving, woman in our lives for all these many years! Love you dear Shirley.

Sue Pearson

Posted at 11:21pm
Shirley was always such a happy, giving person, such a joy to be around, We are saddened by her passing but know that she is in a better place. Prayers for her family.
Ed and Sue Pearson
Garden City, KS

Marian Lindberg

Posted at 11:11pm
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends of Shirley. I was aquatinted with Shirley through her friendship with my older sister, Karen Bowen. Shirley was instrumental in helping organize my sister’s retirement party...her enthusiasm and never- ending joy and love of life will be sadly missed. She was a shining star...and brightened the days of everyone’s lives she touched.
In recent years, Shirley and I kept in touch via text messages and emails. She was always so supportive when I went through two major foot surgeries on both of my feet (and even “enjoyed” the pictures that I sent her! She said “once a nurse, always a nurse!”) I kept in touch with with her during her treatments, and my heart went out to her for her bravery and everything she endured in stride. I let her know that I truly cared about how she was doing and always kept her in my prayers.
Recently, we purchased my grandparents old house and it has turned into a total remodel. I shared this with Shirley and of course she wanted to see pictures!! She said she really enjoyed seeing things like that, especially remodeling shows on TV. So, every week I had been sending her photos of our “progress”...and she really enjoyed them. I hope that in some way, our “connection” helped to lift her spirits... I will miss sharing our stories with her and I will miss those weekly messages from her. The last one I received was on April 14th... I will keep each and every email from her...and smile whenever I go back and read them. She had such a beautiful way with words and expressions...she was definitely one in a million. A very special and caring lady...and a loving friend.
I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Cherish those wonderful memories of Shirley and keep them in your hearts...always and forever.
Thinking of you all,
Marian Lindberg

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