Shirley Manley Erne

THREE OAKS — Shirley Manley Erne, age 87, of Three Oaks, Michigan, died suddenly, Friday, March 8, 2019, in her residence. Shirley was born October 26, 1931 in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Shirley loved life and never came across someone she didn’t call a friend. She enjoyed her kids, grandkids and great grandkids and laughed every day. Her children remember her as a hard worker and an indescribable cook (her beef, homemade egg noodles, chicken, and Cole slaw were incredible). She was “mom” to the whole neighborhood and whoever came in the door.  

Shirley will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Thomas of Oregon, Dawn Manley of Three Oaks, Mistie (Sherri Messer) Manley of Springfield, Missouri; three sons, Douglas (Debbie) Copeland of Wade, North Carolina, Steven Copeland of Bridgman, Michigan, Phillip Copeland of Raleigh, North Carolina; step children, Terry Manley of Louisiana, Susie Acker and Kristina Marshall, both of Michigan City, Indiana; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; one great great grandson with one more on the way; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; one sister, Emily Zielke of Bridgman, Michigan; one brother, Gerald (Mary Lou) Svorec of Bridgman, Michigan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; one daughter, Vickie Marshall; one son, Thomas Copeland; and three brothers, John Svorec, Jr., Raymond “Skip” Svorec, and Warren Svorec.

Family and friends will gather Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.

Shirley will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Three Oaks.

The family prefers contributions be made in Shirley’s memory to Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan. Please leave a message or a memory online: wagnercares.com.

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