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Brinkoetter, Shirley Jean

Brinkoetter, Shirley Jean

July 4, 1932 — November 27, 2020

Shirley Jean Brinkoetter, age 88, of Independence, MO, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 27, 2020. Shirley passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family both in person and in heart. Funeral services will follow a visitation on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 613 S. Main, Independence, MO; burial at Mound Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10:00AM-11:00AM. Funeral at 11:00AM.

Shirley was born on July 4, 1932 in Kansas City, MO, to Ralph and Gladys Adams. She was a lifetime member of Messiah Lutheran Church where she enjoyed serving on the PTA for Messiah School where her children attended. She also was a room mother, bowled on the church bowling league and attended the women’s Bible study groups. Shirley was a stay at home mom where she enjoyed doing her favorite job, “Being a mom.” She worked at William Chrisman in the lunchroom when her children were teens. She also worked for a few years in the Messiah Lutheran Day Care where she came to love many little children and shared the love of Jesus with them.

Shirley LOVED being born on the 4th of July and proudly wore her red, white and blue the whole month of her birthday. She always enjoyed the way her family made her feel like she was the reason we celebrated the holiday. Shirley later enjoyed retired life “out and about” every day she could finding a way to brighten someone’s day. She often visited friends in the nursing homes bringing them a smile with a flower, card or their favorite treat. She was a friend to everyone she met. More than anything, she cherished the time with her family. “Mom” and “Granny” will be forever remembered for her special little ways she made everyone feel special from the perfect card to the specially wrapped packages.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Bill.

She leaves behind one son, Steve Brinkoetter and wife Donna, from Richmond, MO; two daughters: Brenda Snyder and husband Danny, from Independence, MO, and Cheryl Sofia from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren that she loved and adored.

The family would like to thank Crossroads Hospice for the amazing, compassionate and personal care they provided for Shirley and her family during this time.

Service Information

Funeral services will follow a visitation on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 613 S. Main, Independence, MO; burial at Mound Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10:00AM-11:00AM. Funeral at 11:00AM.

Floral tributes may delivered beginning at 8AM Thursday to the main church entrance at 119 E. Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO 64050.

Brinkoetter, Shirley Jean's Guestbook

I had only met Shirley a couple of times when she would come with Brenda to visit Sunshine center and Brenda's classroom. I've heard wonderful things about her from Brenda. Since I have become a very close and dear friend of Brenda's over the past 10-12 years I can honestly say that she has followed in her mother's footsteps because she is the most giving and amazing person that I know. I want to express my sincere and deepest sympathy to her and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with them all at this difficult time. I am sure that there is a special place in heaven for her mother.

Paula Mackesty

I've known Shirley almost as long as Brenda has. Brenda and I were best friends in Kindergarten at Messiah over 50 years ago. I'm sorry for the loss of this wonderful lady. She will surely be missed.

Janet Basso

Even though I only met her a few times, I can only imagine what a wonderful woman she must have been to have had Brenda as her daughter and my dear friend Elisha as her granddaughter . I know she was loved and she will be greatly missed. My condolences to the entire family. I’m positive she was greeted with open arms in her new heavenly home.

Becca Smith

My earliest memories of Aunt Shirley date back to after church gatherings at Grandma and Grandpa Brinkoetter's where we met weekly for lunch and an afternoon of farm found mischief with our cousins - Steve, Brenda and Cheryl. To this day, whenever I smell the almond-cherry fragrance of Jergen's lotion, or Noxzema, I think of Shirley -- she had the prettiest skin. Through the years, her kindness only grew with the love for her family. In my last conversation with her she said, "I never miss an opportunity to spend time with the kids." It was her greatest joy. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve, Brenda, Cheryl and all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Debbie Brinkoetter

We loved Granny’s contagious smile! She always brightened the room with her laughter. She will be missed by so many and we love her so much! Love Nathan, Amy, Faith, Kenzie, Mason, & Waylon.

Nathan and Amy Snyder

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