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Shirley Ann Wilmoth

April 22, 1935 — August 22, 2019

Shirley Ann (Lauer) Wilmoth age 84, died August 22, 2019, at Heritage at Twin Creeks in Allen, Texas. She was born on April 22, 1935 in Arnold, Nebraska and grew up on the family farm in Merna, attending Merna schools through high school graduation in 1953. She graduated from the Secretarial School at Grand Island Business College in 1954. 

Shirley married Dean Wilmoth on September 22, 1957 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Broken Bow. Their only child, David was born in December 1958 and the family farmed in the Merna area until 1964 when Dean changed careers and they relocated to Denver, Colorado. Shirley went to work in Denver for Hesston Corporation where she was employed for many years in both Denver and in Hesston, KS. 

After retiring from Hesston, Dean and Shirley bought an AAMCO Transmission Shop in Wichita, Kansas. They ran the shop together for 10 years before selling it and moving to Kearney to be closer to Shirley’s parents. 

In 2013 they made the move to Texas to be closer to their son, David, and his family in Allen, Texas.

Shirley was devoted to her family and her church and was active in the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church everywhere they lived, playing the organ for church services and directing the choir. 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Karl and Alvina Lauer. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 62 years, Dean, of Allen, TX, son, David and his wife, Julie of Fairview, TX, grandchildren Kelly Thompson and husband Kyle, McKinney, TX, Kyle Wilmoth and wife Amna, Allen TX, and great-grandson, Luke Thompson, McKinney, TX. She is also survived by her brother Dwaine Lauer and his wife, Rita of Fremont, NE, sister-in-law LaDonna Hostick, Chandler, AZ and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Broken Bow, NE on Tuesday, August 27th at 10:30 a.m. with Mark Gefaller officiating. Interment will be in the Merna Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Monday, August 26, 2019, from Noon to 8:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


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