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Shirley A. Sorensen

March 15, 1936 July 13, 2020
Shirley A. Sorensen
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Shirley A. Sorensen, 84, of Omaha passed away Monday, July 13, 2020.

Shirley was born on March 15, 1936 in Orange County, CA to Vermoyn and Myrtle (Boltz) Holmes. She was the youngest of three children which included two older brothers. Her family moved to Grand Island in the early1940’s.

Shirley received her education in Grand Island. She attended Walnut Jr High and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1955.

She married Harlan Sorensen on Sept. 18, 1955 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Throughout the years Shirley and Harlan lived in Grand Island, Des Moines, Omaha, and Kimball. During these years they had three children, LaVerna, Susan, and Michael.

Throughout the years she volunteered at the Hall Co Sheriff’s Posse Horseshows in Grand Island. This included helping take entries, doing paybacks, run the concession stand and helped in the announcer’s booth. She also volunteered and helped park cars and trucks at Husker Harvest Days.

Shirley and her husband, Harlan did everything together. They hauled their kids to horse shows and rodeos. They also helped with Cowpokes 4-H club. They loved to go gambling at the casinos in South Dakota and Iowa with their dear friends Don and Leah Nealon. Both enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and at one time Shirley was in 9 card groups. She also loved playing Bingo and would regularly attend Bingo at the VFW Club in Grand Island. They were familiar faces at Fonner Park Races and other Nebraska horseracing tracks, also enjoyed many Husker Football parties with friends and participated with friends on trail rides in different areas of Nebraska. Shirley loved to cook and to this day no one makes a better potato salad than she did.

Shirley was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the VFW, the Platt-Deutsche and the Eagles in Grand Island.

Survivors of the immediate family include two daughters and a son, LaVerna (Dean) Wilson of Greeley, CO, Susie Sorensen of Omaha, Mike (Donna) Sorensen of Grand Island, a brother Don (Shirley) Holmes of Grand Island, step-brother Marvin (Shirley) Keller of Grand Island and step-sister (Lorraine) Dennis Klatt of Decatur and one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janice and Delbert Rathman of Wood River.

Additional survivors include four Grandchildren, Erin (Matt) Reed of Omaha, Ashley (Tyler) Mohr of Springfield, Caleb Sorensen of Grand Island, and Misty (Kaleb) Menn of Greeley, CO. Nine Great-Grandchildren, Riley, Carter, Evan, Taylor Reed of Omaha, Owen, Andrew, Ian Mohr of Springfield, Rawson and Emrie Menn of Greeley, CO. She had many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Vermoyn Holmes and Myrtle Keller, step-father Marvin “Buck” Keller, a brother/sister-in-law Bob (Neva) Holmes, step-sister Judy Nielsen and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law LaVern “Tuffy” and Anita Sorensen.

The funeral service will be live streamed Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:30pm, the family has requested in lieu of attending in person  to watch online at and can also be viewed on Livingston-Sondermann website after services.  Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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1:30 PM 7/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
Livingston Sondermann Funeral Chapel

601 North Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803

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Livingston Sondermann Funeral Chapel
601 North Webb Road Grand Island 68803 NE
United States

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