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Shirley M. Grier

Shirley Mae Grier, 87, Freeport died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Manor Court of Freeport at Liberty Village. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1925 in Lanark,  the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Tomman) Cunningham.  

Shirley married Laverne Heitter in 1947; he died Feb. 17, 1965.

She then married Kenneth Springer in 1966; he died May 20, 1972.

She later married Burdettte “Bud” Grier on March 2, 1973; he died in March of  2007.  
Shirley was a 1943 graduate of Lanark High School. 

She was employed from 1957 to 1970 as secretary to the mayor of Freeport, working with Glen Kunkle, Joe Shelly and Mark  McLeroy.  

She was a member of First  Lutheran Church and a member of Martha’s Circle.

She was also an associate member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lakeland, Fla.  

She enjoyed baking  cookies, crafts, spending time with her grandchildren and wintering in Florida.

Grier is survived by her two sons, Darryl (Lucia) Heitter, Forreston, and Terry (Judy) Heitter, McKinney, Texas; step-daughter, Bonnie Uldale,  Auburndale, Fla.; grandsons, Seth (Christa) Heitter, Derek Heitter, Dustin (Sarah) Heitter, and Marc (Angela) Heitter; granddaughter, Michelle Heitter; step-granddaughters, Hilary Springman, Jen (Charlie) Ferris, Julie (Tommy) Towsend; great-grandchildren, Jarren and Brenna Heitter, Kylah, Kaden and McKenna Heitter, Savanah Heitter, and Vanessa and Madysen Heitter; step-grandchildren, Ennen and Eli Ferris, Brody (Haley) Towsend; step-great-grandchildren, Ella Towsend; brothers, Stanley Cunningham, Machesney Park, Don (Joanie) Cunningham, Corning, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Joyce Grier. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Perry Heitter; brothers, Keith Cunningham, infant brother, Gail Cunningham; Tom Cunningham; sister-in-laws, Kay Cunningham, Betty Cunningham; and step-grandsons, Jason Moore and Jeffery Oxley.

Memorial services were held May 11 at First Lutheran Church, Freeport, with Rev. Keith Johnson  officiating.

Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

A memorial has been established. Sign the guestbook at

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