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Shirley Ann Iams

 

Shirley was born on July 4, 1927, the only child of Otis and Cora Branton. They lived on a farm outside of Goldendale, Wash. She enjoyed stamp collecting and mountain climbing books, interests that continued for the rest of her life. Shirley graduated from Goldendale High School in 1945 and went to Central Washington College, majoring in education. She graduated in 1949 and received her master's degree in library science at the University of Washington in 1950. She married Robert Elton lams in 1953. They both worked at Tacoma Public Library, later moving to Camas, Wash, where Shirley taught school. Eventually they moved to Seattle where Bob and Shirley both worked for the Seattle Public Library for 25 years. They loved their cats, their neighbor's dog Lily (whom they would dog-sit during the day), and enjoyed travelling together. Bob died in 2000, and she missed him very much. Shirley enjoyed daily phone calls from her nephew Larry and friends Shirley and Emily. She loved roses and dahlias, waltzes and marching bands. Her favorite foods were tomatoes and chocolate, in that order. Shirley died on October 6, 2016. Her friends, family, nurses, and caregivers will miss her.

 

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