Earleen Ella DeLay
Earleen Ella DeLay, 92, San Francisco, Calif., passed away on Jan. 16, 2014 in her apartment where she lived for over 35 years. Earleen was a very kind and spirited person and will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Earleen was born in Grand Island, Neb. on June 20, 1921 and moved to Guide Rock, Neb. when she was five-years-old. She graduated from Guide Rock High School in 1940 and was determined to set the world on fire. Her first move out of Nebraska was to Denver, Colo. It wasn’t long before she moved to Southern California, then on to Honolulu, HI, back to Southern California and finally settling in San Francisco, Calif. in 1953. Earleen worked throughout her life and understood the importance of working but celebrated her retirement from Wells Fargo Bank in 1983. Those that knew Earleen also knew she loved to travel which took her to many places around the world. When asked about her favorite trip, Earleen said she couldn’t say as she found every place interesting and enjoyed them all. Even after all her travels, Earleen considered herself a Nebraska girl.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, two brothers Ardean DeLay, a sailor in the Navy who was lost at sea during World War II and Bill DeLay, a step-brother Lindell Shuck, three step-sisters Roberta Brecht, Marilyn Beanblossom, Ruth Clark and her beloved Jack Fagan.
Earleen is survived by her brother, W. Ferrell (Janice) Shuck, Lee’s Summit, a step-brother Lowell “Bud” Shuck, San Luis Obispo, Calif., a sister Joanne DeLay Kennedy, Longmont, Colo., two brothers John “Jack” (Brigitte) DeLay, Eugene, Ore., Steve DeLay, Hebron, Neb., a sister-in-law, Cheri DeLay, Hastings, Neb., three nieces, Beverly Shuck, Kansas City, Cindy (Kurt) Shuck Heier, Fenton, Mi., Julie (Eric) Shuck Doane, Lee’s Summit, and one nephew, Greg (Nikki) Shuck, Osage Beach, Mo. along with many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Earleen’s Life is pending. Cremation. We suggest donations in Earleen’s name to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.