Shirley Ann (Livingston) Mielke, 71, of Bickleton passed from this world into glory on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at home.

Shirley was born Aug. 2, 1940 in Bolivar, Mo., to Alfred and Ruth Livingston.

She lived a good part of her growing up years in Tulare, Calif. surrounded by many aunts, uncles, cousins and her beloved grandmother Livingston, who led her to Christ.

Shirley was married to Dick Mielke for more than 35 years, spending 21 years in Zillah and the last 11 years in Bickleton.

They absolutely loved to fish and camp together, making some of the most important decisions of their lives on the riverbank or in the boat.

In their retirement, they built sweet memories traveling the world from Bolivia to Alaska and especially their many trips to Mexico with all of their wonderful "Mexico" friends and the children they served there in the orphanage.

Along with Dick, her children and grandchildren were the loves of her life.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dick; eldest son, Joseph (Tracee) and their children Kenzie, Joann, Liam and Zachary, her second son, Chad Sherwood and his children Samantha and Brandon, her youngest child, Londa (Sherwood) (Jeff) Harpster and their children Peter, Chanel, Danielle, Andrea, Josiah, James, Ada and David.

Each of these were dear to heart, brought her much joy and were continually in her daily prayers. Her grandest desire in life was to see her children and grandchildren serve the Lord.

Thank you to the amazing community of Bickleton for your love, friendship, and care of Shirley for the last 11 years and the continued friendship, love and care for her husband, Dick. She would want you to know that she loved you, Christ died for you, and you must make time to laugh and have fun.

Memorial services to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Bickleton Presbyterian Church with Jacob Meadows officiating.

She wanted no flowers but rather donations to be sent to Bickleton Presbyterian Church Youth Missions.

Those wishing to sign Shirley's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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