The Life of Shirley J. Detwiler

Shirley J. Detwiler, 81, of District Township, formerly of Dearing, Georgia, died Friday, February 5, 2021, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.  Shirley was the widow of Ralph K. Detwiler, who died in 1992.  Born in Anderson, SC, she was a daughter of the late Leroy and Ida (Beatey) Kay.

 Shirley received a degree in book keeping in Anderson, SC; she also worked as a substitute teacher in the Georgia Public Schools; and operated her own child care center in her home.


 Shirley enjoyed reading, bird watching and most of all, crocheting, which she shared her works with family and friends.  She also enjoyed watching cooking shows and collecting and sharing recipes. She was a master at the game of marbles. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


 Shirley is survived by three daughters: Debra J. Wible, wife of James L. Wible, Alburtis; Vickie F. Vaughn, wife of Daniel Mayberry and Kimberly M. Borresen, wife of William Borresen, Georgia.  Other survivors include grandchildren:  Amanda (Wible) Miller; Lacey Wible; Tanya (Sellers) Connelly; Robert Sellers; Sean Blankenbiller; and Colton Borresen; and great grandchildren; Hudson G. Miller, Cash B. Miller, Kane W. Connelly, Kia D. Sellers, and Kona M. Sellers, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. 


 In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two bothers, Leroy Kay Jr. and Larry Kay; and sister Frances "Vickie" Grunmeier.


 Services are private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Shirley's name may be made to American Cancer Society. 


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Best Aunt

She was the best person  to go to with any problem and she would give her honest opinion. I miss her

Posted by Traci F on 02/10/2021

I smile when I think of you

I'm married to David Kay, Shirley's nephew, and from the first moment I met her, she treated me like family. She talked my ear off, was straight forward, kind and loving. She spoke to me as if she knew me my entire life, so did Aunt Vicki. She opened her home to us when we went to GA, her sense of humor brought such laughter and she deeply cared about those she loved. I loved discussing recipes with her and cherish the throw blankets the she made us. You touched many lives Aunt Shirley, you will be greatly missed. Love you, Sharon.

Posted by Sharon K on 02/10/2021


We met Shirley almost 40 years ago. Enjoyed every moment with Shirley. Remember the night on our deck we played seven up til 1:00 am. Shirley was going to play until she won. She finally did. Loved my date with her for Amanda's wedding. The ladies at Young's would always aske about her. She will be missed but not forgotten! Our thoughts and prayers for all her family. We love you you all.


The Chichesters

Posted by Rick and Brenda C on 02/11/2021


I loved her smile!  Jean has the same smile.

Posted by Betsy P on 02/11/2021


Nana Shirley was an amazing women and I am so thankful to have known her and been apart of her life while I was. She was loved my so many and we enjoyed all our times we spent with her. Much love to her and the family! She will forever be missed!

Posted by Brittany H on 02/18/2021