Shirley Jean (Jeffres) Looney
Sterling resident Shirley Jean (Jeffres) Looney died Monday,
Dec. 10, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 67.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the North Chapel at Fort Richardson. Burial will follow the
service at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8
p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. Mrs. Looney's
children, Steven, Ted, Peggy, Tom, Brian and Jim Looney will be pallbearers. A
memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Sterling
Mrs. Looney was born Dec. 5, 1936 in Mobil, Mo.
She graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1954 and then attended the University
of Wyoming until 1956. She was a military wife and lived at Fort Eielson Air
Force Base from 1959 to 1960. She also lived at Fort Wainwright from 1960 to
1962 and 1970-72, then lived at Fort Richardson from 1972 to 1973, 1974-77 and
She was the director of the American Heart
Association in Anchorage in 1976 and 1977. After her husband's retirement in
1983, they moved to Pinedale, Wyo., where she was a travel agent from 1984 to
1990. While she and her husband were in Anchorage, she was an election judge.
She moved to Sterling in March 2001.
Mrs. Looney was a member of Our Lady of
Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She also was the president of the
Fort Wainwright Officer's Wives Club from 1970 to 1972, and editor of the Fort
Wainwright Officers Wife's Club Newsletter from 1960 to 1962. She also enjoyed
gardening in her greenhouse.
"Shirley Looney will be remembered for four
things that matter: her faith, her marriage to her husband, the way she raised
her children and the way she shared her talents. Shirley never wavered in her
faith in God and was an active member in the church," her family said.
"She was a devoted and loving wife of Col.
Robert C. Looney for 47 years and was an essential element in his successful
27-year career in the U.S. Army. Together, Bob and Shirley raised one daughter
and five sons, who all graduated from college and are successful professionals
in their fields of endeavor.
"Shirley also was generous with her time and
talents. She was an officer in the Ladies Auxiliary for both the Veterans of
Foreign Wars and the American Legion. In addition, she also was a willing
volunteer for numerous organizations, such as the Cub and Boy Scouts,
parent-teacher organizations and neighborhood associations. Her children and 15
grandchildren will be a living legacy of her rich and fruitful life."
Mrs. Looney is survived by her husband, Col.
Robert C. Looney of Sterling; sons, Steven J. Looney of Coppell, Texas, Ted A.
Looney of Richardson, Texas, Tom E. Looney of Peter's Creek, Brian D. Looney of
Anchorage and Major James J. Looney of Pinedale, Wyo.; a daughter, Peggy C.
Looney of Anchorage; and 15 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
sent to the Blood Bank of Alaska, Attn: Amy Jackman, 44539 Sterling Hwy., Blazy
Mall Ste. 212, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial
Source: Peninsula Clarion, December 14, 2003