Shirley loved her work at the Commonwealth Bank which played perfectly to her strengths of efficiency, perfection and tidiness. Her highly social personality also enjoyed the camaraderie that a large office provided.

Romance blossomed when Shirley and Mervyn Clark met one Sunday afternoon at the house of a mutual friend. Mervyn was employed as one of two pilots flying the Bank’s DC3 aeroplane. Although based in the Sydney office, he appeared at the Parramatta office the very next day in full air force uniform. It worked – and they were married in St John’s Anglican Cathedral in 1952. Shirley and Mervyn had three daughters, Joanne (Hambrett), Elizabeth (Pellinkhof) and Jennifer (Evans), living in a variety of suburbs before returning to the Hills District in 1972 where the girls pursued their love of riding and enjoyed rural living once again. Shirley’s love of cooking, sewing, cake decorating was then extended to quilting with a group of lifelong friends, both old and new. This led to some wonderful overseas trips and has given the children and grandchildren a beautiful collection of handmade pieces.

Mervyn’s sudden and untimely death in 1985 saw Shirley determinedly try maintain the 5 acres at Kenthurst. However, it simply became too much so she bought a home in the newly opened Rowland Village, Galston where she enjoyed 30 years of independent living. During this time, she remarried Norman Butler and they shared a very happy, but sadly too short, marriage together. As well as her numerous hobbies, Shirley lived a full community social life through Galston Methodist Church, View Club and the many gatherings at her children’s homes. Most notable were her 90th birthday at Glenroy Cottage (her childhood home, still in the family) and the Thomas Best Bicentenary celebration in her father’s packing shed.

Although in care for the past three years, Shirley liked nothing better than to be taken for drives around her beloved Hills District. Shirley will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.