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Shirley Stoutsenberger

Shirley Stoutsenberger (Chase)

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SHIRLEY RENEE CHASE STOUTSENBERGER
July 28, 1929 to October 27, 2020

Shirley Renee Chase Stoutsenberger, 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Elk Ridge, Utah, on October 27, 2020, at 3:33 a.m., with her sweetheart holding her hand and surrounded by her children. We miss her from the deepest depths of our hearts but rejoice in her passing to a place where she will join a great family reunion and continue blessing lives.

Shirley was born July 28, 1929, at 2:22 a.m. in Los Angeles, California, to Sisson Earl and Loretta Thorpe Chase, the third of seven children. Shirley met her sweetheart when she was only 12 years old when Marvin Edward Stoutsenberger became friends with her two older brothers. They were married and sealed for time and all eternity on June 5, 1948 in the St. George Temple. Throughout over 72 years of marriage, they worked alongside each other as loving companions to raise their family of four children to be obedient children of God and then making a huge impact on the lives of their 33 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Shirley is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and joyed in her lifelong commitment to family and was dedicated to genealogy and family reunions, both to generations with family here and in Heaven. Shirley served with her sweetheart on a full-time mission in the Jacksonville Florida Mission in 1994 and 1995. Her lifetime of service in the Church included as a Temple ordinance worker for many years, and in Primary, Sunday School, Young Women (MIA) and Relief Society. But where Shirley really shined was as a consultant at the Family History Center and as the ward building librarian. She was a master of organization and could help “put everything in its place.” She was the “go-to” person when someone needed help seeking out their ancestors or needed something for their lesson.

Since her young childhood, Shirley helped her father alongside her brothers with the family business, Chase’s Appliance in Los Angeles, an appliance sales and repair business established by her father in 1923. As an adult, she spent many long days working to help her brothers after her father passed away and only quit to follow her family to Provo, Utah. In Utah, she worked at Signetics in Orem and Sears Parts Department in Provo until she retired.

Shirley loved the outdoors and loved camping (in tents) and then, starting in 1965, they started traveling across-country in their camper, taking in Church history and U.S. history sites. They went on the Church History Tour at least four times with family. Later, they bought 5 acres of cabin property near Fruitland, Utah, and three generations worked together building the family cabin. There are many fond memories at the cabin and include not only five generations of family and extended family, but also include the “Fifties Group,” their friends from the Manchester Ward that they spent their teenage years and having fun with as young married couples. She especially loved the Christmas in July family reunions at the cabin and made sure everyone had fun and that no one felt left out, even with five generations in attendance.

A self-confessed “ice creamaholic” and a “Shirley Temple Fan-atic,” she has every bit of Shirley Temple memorabilia, dolls, books, movies, etc., you could possibly get your hands on and, as many people will remember, had many ice cream eating contests, even giving the young missionaries a run for their money.

Over the years, Shirley lived in Los Angeles for her first 20 years of life, and then in Compton, Gardena, Torrance, and Lomita, California, living in each home for about eight years. In 1977, they moved to Provo, Utah, where they lived until December 2017 when they moved into a home in Elk Ridge, Utah, with Dennis and his sweet wife Valorie.

Shirley taught us how to give and receive service. She pointed us toward our Savior in word and deed. Shirley was generous with everything she had to give, almost to a fault. If it was within her means and power to give, she would give it.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 72+ years, Marvin, four children, Darryl (Laurie), Charlene, Dennis (Valorie), and Cheryl Brown (Steve), 29 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, brother James and his wife Carol, sisters-in-law Mildred (John), Joann (Robert), Renae (Doug), and numerous adoring nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and inlaws (John, Robert, Douglas, Earlene and husband Joe Carter, and Kenneth and wife Gloria), daughter-in-law Connie, and four grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a viewing at the WalkerSanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North in Orem, Utah, on Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A short viewing starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Grandview 7th Ward building, 1120 North 850 West in Provo, Utah, will precede the funeral services on Monday, November 2, 2020, to begin at 11:00 a.m. The funeral services will be streamed live by going to www.WalkerSanderson.com, live webcast in the drop-down menu, and Shirley Chase Stoutsenberger funeral. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that you leave the toddlers in someone else’s care because of the restrictions to use of the buildings, where they will not be allowed to wander in other parts of the buildings, and, of course, wear a mask while inside the buildings.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Notes
    Please adhere to safe social distancing and please wear a mask white attending these services
  • Second Visitation

    Location
    Grandview 7th ward
    Address
    850 West 1120 North
    Provo, Utah 84604
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    Notes
    Please adhere to safe social distancing and please wear a mask white attending these services
  • Service

    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Grandview 7th ward
    Address
    850 West 1120 North
    Provo, Utah 84604
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please adhere to safe social distancing and please wear a mask white attending these services

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HOLLY CHASE

Posted at 12:19am
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7zyMrvePYcxgq6uB9
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HOLLY CHASE

Posted at 12:19am
I have created an online album of photos of Aunt Shirley and of course there has to be photos with Uncle Marvin as the two were inseparable. Anyone in the family can download them from this online album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7zyMrvePYcxgq6uB9
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HOLLY CHASE

Posted at 10:22pm
I've been in a somber mood this week due to the passing of a beloved aunt, Marvin Shirley Stoutsenberger (she and her husband Marvin share the same facebook page). She was my father's, James T. Chase, older sister and he is now the only survivor from that original family of 7 kids.

Aunt Shirley was like a second mother to me. She often volunteered to babysit our family when we were little so my parents could have a date night at the temple. She was so loving, affectionate and playful that I don't ever recall any of us ever misbehaving when she babysat us. We were always delighted when she came over. We enjoyed her frequent visits while she lived in Torrance until she and Marvin moved to Utah in the late 70s.

When I went to college at BYU she provided a second home for me. She would invite me to bring friends over for movies and ice cream nights so naturally not only would I invite my 5 roommates but I also invited at least 5 guys as well. Shirley and Marvin had a vast library of VHS videos in their basement which they would lend out to friends like a regular library and kept track of who had what. My friends and I had literally over a hundred videos to choose from and we would watch 2-3 videos together eating ice cream and popcorn. Aunt Shirley had an immense love of ice cream and insisted that everyone have a huge bowl of it. Even my friends adored Shirley and Marvin and found it hilarious that they would keep an eye on us that no "action" happened on their couches during our "co-ed" late nights of movie watching.

I think there was a time when I came home from my mission that I lived in their basement for semester. My mission was extended to the point that I had no time to find an apartment before school started (I came home just 3 days before I had to leave for BYU). Shirley and Marvin welcomed me as a daughter into their home and I felt so lucky to get to know them better. Years later I lived with them another semester as I debated between moving back to California vs staying in Utah after painfully breaking off an engagement. They were my emotional support during a rough time in my life.

The romantic, loving, long lasting 70+ year marriage between Shirley and Marvin could be the envy and goal for everyone. They had a beautiful marriage and a wonderful life together. This was a life well lived in love.

I feel it is even more appropriate that I reflect on my many memories of Aunt Shirley during the Day of the Dead -a time to celebrate the life of loved ones.

Tomorrow is her virtual funeral and I will share the link in the comments if anyone would like to attend. The surges of cases in Utah prohibit me and my father and mother from attending so we will be there in spirit and following online. Out of all of my relatives who have passed away, this hits me the hardest.

Lastly, I want to send my deepest sympathies to all of Shirley's children, grand children and great grandchildren. I know you all adored her so very much and how devoted she was to all of you. The love she showed me and my family is only a taste of the love all of you were able to enjoy. The pain of losing her is great because of the fiercely loving relationship you all enjoyed with her. I sincerely wish I could be there with all of you to hug you all and cry with you.
Valorie Stoutsenberger Cheryl Brown Charlene Stoutsenberger and all of you who I cannot tag. Sending so much love to all of you.
 
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HOLLY CHASE Posted at 12:17am

I have created an online album of all the photos I have of Aunt Shirley which any of you can view and download: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7zyMrvePYcxgq6uB9
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Stephen Chase

Posted at 07:05pm
Kindness, love, a smile, family, and her Savior. What more can be said of Aunt Shirley. Her home was always open to anyone who would stop by. Stopping by meant being overwhelmed with her video collection (all arranged in perfect order), Shirley Temple (over the top, but oh so loved), basement full of anything you needed, and a warm bed and delicious food to feast on. She always had a smile. She always spoke well of everyone. She herself is an angel and now has joined those of her family on the other side.
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Emily Stoutsenberger

Posted at 05:40pm
I remember many family dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s house with hoards of hungry cousins. I remember “walkin’ tacos” with the spread of fixings.
The garden was always bursting with Swiss card and corn.
I wonder if my cousins remember adventures crawling under the lighted carpeted crawl space among boxes and books.
She had special toys for us like the wooden marble chute and extensive Shirley Temple movie collection.
I love you Grandma Stoutsenberger.
Emily Stoutsenberger
(Darryl’s daughter)
 
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Bluebowhill@gmail.com Posted at 12:42pm

I can still feel her kiss on my cheeks. I can still see her in the kitchen welcoming us all to her table with her many, many famous recipes. I can still feel her hugs, and the excitement of having finally arrived at her home in Provo, or at the cabin. I can hear her joyful laugh! My dearest memory of her will always be that grandma STOOD up for me! When I needed someone in my corner, Grandma was a fierce defender. Grandma, you saved me that day, and it altered my entire future for better. You did it despite anyone else’s convictions. You did it because it was the right thing and someone powerless, needed someone powerful. I love you Grandma. ‘Till we meet again. Aubrey
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