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Shirley Warner, age 99, died August 13, 2021.  Shirley was born on December 25, 1921 to the late Joseph E. Cleavinger and Anna (Ervin) Cleavinger.  She married Charles L. Warner on November 23, 1940.


During World War II she was employed at the Naval Air Station in Long Beach, California, in the Classified Documents Dept. During the following years she worked at both the Dow Chemical Corp., the Dow Corning Corp. and the Midland Chamber of Commerce.  She was on the Board of Directors of Midland County Rehabilitations Services for the Handicapped, Inc. (The Arnold Center).  She was also a member of The Midland Woman’s Club, Chemical City Garden Club, Chippewa Nature Center and co-founder of the International Woman’s Club. She, and her beloved husband, Chuck, were fortunate to be able to travel worldwide.


Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 60 years where she served on the Staff Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, taught Sunday school and served on other committees. She was an active 50 plus year member of The King’s Daughter’s and Son’s.  She was a volunteer “Yellow Lady” at Mid-Michigan Medical Center for several years.  She was involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the P.T.A.  She also served on the Board of the Midland Community Concerts.  She volunteered with the Dow Corning Red Cross Blood Bank, Midland Republican Party and was a former member of the Town and Campus Organization of Northwood University.  She will also be remembered as being a longtime community activist.  She was an avid reader and shared equally a love for the arts and all sporting events.


Shirley is survived by one daughter, Denise (Joel) Love of Troy, MI.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, David and Amy Warner, Bill (Marie) Love, and her great grandson’s Mason and Oliver Love.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles L. Warner, her son Charles (Pamela) Warner, her grandson Jacob J. Love, her sisters, Doris Wrigley and Joyce Pepperman.


Shirley leaves behind a host of friends; young and old; rich and poor; and always tried to find time to help anyone in need. She also leaves lifelong friends, whom she loved.  Those wishing to express sympathy may wish to consider the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association, or the Jacob J. Love foundation, which supplies scholarships to Troy High School Band members, The Rainbow Connection and the U of M Survival Flight.


Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Warner family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Anonymous

    30 August 2021 3 weeks ago

    I was privileged to minister to Shirley for several years at King’s Daughters Home – a sweet & loving lady. May she Rest In Peace. Deacon Al Oliver.

  2. Connie and Ken Moorhead

    19 August 2021 4 weeks ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’ve known your mother for many years, mostly through our church family. She was truly a “good and faithful servant” and will be missed.
    May God bless and comfort you during these difficult days.

  3. gary and rose brookhouse

    17 August 2021 1 month ago

    Shirley was a darling lady we all loved her , she was always a lady , a wonderful neighbor . . .a fun friend ,rather having coffee or coloring and styling her hair we just had fun . . .She will be missed I loved her so , I will miss her sense of humor and her smile and our visits … God bless her soul.

  4. Kimm Fortier

    17 August 2021 1 month ago

    Shirley was one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. When my Mom first moved into King’s Daughter’s, she went out of her way to make her feel welcome and “show her the ropes”. She even brought my Mom a bowl of blueberries when they went berry picking because she noticed she had stayed back. I loved running into her and chatting when I visited my Mom. I’m pretty sure my Mom welcomed our friend to heaven.

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