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Shirley Aylward

Shirley Ann Aylward (Esker)

Saturday, February 1st, 1930 - Saturday, August 8th, 2020
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Obituary

Shirley Ann (Esker) Aylward entered into eternal life on the morning of August 8, 2020 at the Ottawa County Health Center in Minneapolis, Kansas at the age of 90.

Shirley was born to Bernard H and Dolly (Kelly) Esker on February 1, 1930 in Junction City, Kansas. At the age of 4 years old, her mother, Dolly, passed away. Shirley was then raised by her foster parents, A. Ross and Ione (Kelly) Shepard in Chapman, Kansas.

Shirley attended both grade school and high school in Chapman, Kansas. In 1951, she graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in Salina, Kansas.

During her nursing training, she cared for a man who’s visiting son would become the love of her life, Robert M. (Bob) Aylward. On January 5, 1952 Shirley and Bob Aylward were married . Their union blessed them with four children; Thomas Michael, Katherine Marie, Robert Ross and James Patrick. Shirley and Bob raised their family on a farm near Solomon, Kansas.

Shirley’s family was her heart. She was a dedicated housewife and mother. Shirley was a talented cook with her homemade bread being legendary among her family and friends. She used her talent to help children learn these skills in the Solomon 4-H Club and was the club’s food leader for several years. She enjoyed working alongside friends and family at the Niles Community Center and the Solomon Catholic Church, making herself available to serve others when needed.

Faith was a constant source of joy and strength for Shirley. She prayed daily for her family and friends. She spent many days writing and sending cards of encouragement or celebration wishes to many people. Her kindness and love for others was genuine.

Shirley also continued working part time in the nursing career she so loved, especially at the Abilene Nursing Home. She enjoyed staying connected with her graduating class of nurses and served as President of her Nursing Alumni.

Shirley had a passion for playing cards. She loved to play with friends and family anytime someone was up for a game. The love of this hobby earned her the title “Queen of Hearts” and was the theme of her 80th birthday celebration in Solomon, Kansas.

Shirley is preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert M Aylward, her parents, Bernard H and Dolly (Kelly) Esker, her stepmother, Velma Esker and her foster parents, A. Ross and Ione (Kelly) Shepard, a brother, Bob Esker and a sister, Ellen Bordelon. She is also preceded in death by two grand-daughters, Amber Marie Luthi and Samantha Adel Aylward.

Shirley is survived by her four children and their spouses, Tom and Lou Aylward from King City, Oregon, Kathy and Jerry Luthi of Solomon, Kansas, Robert and Linda Aylward of Solomon, Kansas and Jim and Gwen Aylward from Fort Collins, Colorado. Shirley has 13 grand-children and 31 great-grandchildren surviving her. In addition, Shirley is also survived by her much loved nieces and nephews.

Shirley’s infectious laugh, her spirit of fun, her loving care for her children and grandchildren, her compassion for others and her example of steadfast faith will be tremendously missed. Her family rejoices in her entering eternity with her Blessed Savior and in her joy of reuniting with those who have gone before her.

Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley will be 10:30 AM Friday, August 14, 2020 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Solomon with Monsignor James Hake and Father John Wolesky as Con-Celebrants. A parish rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Thursday evening at the church. Her final resting place will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery near Solomon. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home Wednesday and Thursday at the funeral home and after 6:00 PM Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ottawa County Health Center or to the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Fund and may be sent in care of the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 308, Solomon, Kansas 67480.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 |
    When
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
    Location
    Carlson-Becker Funeral Home - Solomon
    Address
    208 W. 4th
    SOLOMON, KS 67480
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    Notes
    A parish rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Thursday evening at the church. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home Wednesday and Thursday and after 6:00 PM Thursday at the church.
  • Second Visitation

    Location
    Carlson-Becker Funeral Home - Solomon
    Address
    208 W. 4th
    SOLOMON, KS 67480
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    A parish rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Thursday evening at the church. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home Wednesday and Thursday and after 6:00 PM Thursday at the church.
  • Service

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    Address
    Solomon, Kansas
    SOLOMON, KS 67480
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    Officiant
    Father John Wolesky
    Co-Celebrant
    Monsignor James Hake
  • Interment

    Location
    Mt. Calvary - Solomon
    Address
    Rural Solomon
    SOLOMON, KS 67480
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Roxanne Simoneau

Posted at 10:31am
I'm so blessed to have known Shirley even though it was for a short period of time. I will always remember her infectious smile when she'd see me coming toward her. Although she never said my name, she knew I was THE HAIR LADY!!!. I enjoyed watching her play cards....what a sweet sweet soul. My deepest sympathy to all.
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Posted at 07:50pm
We are sorry to hear about your loss. Sending our love to your family. Jason, Jamie, Lillie and Jase Huiett
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Debby Reinbold

Posted at 04:25pm
We are unable to attend but want to extend our deepest condolences at this time. Shirley was so fun to be around and I cherish all those times when I was in high school. I felt very welcomed. We want you to know our prayers and thoughts are with the family. She was a beautiful person with such a kind caring heart. Love to you all, Mike and Debby Reinbold / Don and Mary Vaupel
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Love, Mary, Ray & Veronica Pitchford

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Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Patty Kelley Franke

Posted at 10:52pm
We will always remember her smile, her laugh, her happy nature- full of love! The Kelley Kids Phil, Patty, Jim, Jane, Tom, Francine, Meg , Rita
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