Interment will be in Garfield Township Cemetery under the direction of the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.
Shirley passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids.
Shirley Joyce Essick was born to Harry Leo and Bertha (Allee) Essick on October 10, 1944, near Gillett Grove.
Shirley spent her childhood in the Webb community and moved to Lake Park, with her family and graduated from the Lake Park Community School in 1962. Following graduation she enrolled at Creighton University in Omaha where she played softball and basketball.
On Dec. 6, 1967, she married Charles Robert Fritz at the First Baptist Church in Webb where she was a member. Bob and Shirley lived their entire married life in the Webb community. The couple was blessed with two sons: Robert Lee "Bob" and Alan Dean.
She also loved working at Grandpa's Barn near Gillett Grove and helping children learn to ride horses. Shirley was a school bus driver for the South Clay Community School for 18 years. Shirley was a first responder, which she was - in actuality - in for twenty years as a member of the Webb First Responders Unit.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, David Essick; and her in-laws, Oliver and Gertrude Fritz.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Charles Robert; sons: Robert of Webb, and Alan and wife, Lora of Arcadia; brothers: Don Essick and wife, Ellen of Gillett Grove, and Ken Essick and wife, Deb of Webb; sisters: Lois Wilkinson and husband, Robert of Chicago, Ill., Betty Carlson and husband, Richard of Spencer, Mary Klatt and husband, William of Linn Grove; sisters-in-law: Shirley Essick of San Diego, Calif., Lois Gardner and husband, David of Champaign, Ill.; and brother-in-law, James Fritz of Port Townsend, Wash.
Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.sliefert.com