Shirley Carlton, 88

Published 2:26pm Thursday, September 13, 2012

Shirley Carlton, 88

Born: Nov. 30, 1923

Died: Sept. 7, 2012


Shirley M. Carlton, 88, of Edwardsburg, passed to her rest Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, while a patient at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born Nov. 30, 1923, in Lind, Wash., the daughter of Thomas Connell and Florence Ethel Weston Connell. When Shirley’s father passed in 1923, her mother then was married to the Rev. Franklin E. Ogle, and her mother and the Rev. Ogle moved to Edwardsburg in 1944 for him to pastor at Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church. The Ogles remained in Edwardsburg until their passing.

Shirley was employed at the Edwardsburg Post Office as a rural mail carrier. She worked in the post office from 1966 to 1986. She was a graduate of the South Bend College of Commerce. She was a member of Ontwa Baptist Church as a charter member, and a member of the former Delta Theta Chi Sorority of Edwardsburg.

Shirley was married Nov. 4, 1947, at Mark Tree, Ark., to James L. Carlton, and James passed Feb. 17, 2012. A son, James Thomas Carlton, passed on April 22, 1997.

Surviving are the children, Gordon Carlton, of Cassopolis, and Gary (Rachel) Carlton, of Elgin, Ill.; as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sister-in-laws, Mable Stewart and Guinevere Fexil, of Sharon, Ind.

Friends and family gathered at the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main Street (U.S. Highway 12) on Monday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. The service of remembrance was Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. at Ontwa Baptist Church, 69946 Elkhart Rd., Edwardsburg, where the will be one hour of visitation before the service. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Elsey, pastor of Ontwa Baptist Church.

Interment will follow at Adamsville Cemetery.

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