Shirley Edwards Lafferty, nee Edwards

Shirley Lafferty

Shirley Edwards Lafferty, nee Edwards, age 99, of LaGrange Park, LaGrange and Western Springs, IL; formerly of Plymouth Michigan, Dalton Georgia and Dallas Texas.  Passed peacefully on September 5, 2020, surrounded by her family.  Beloved mother of James C. Lafferty and Judith L. Gutzwiller, fond grandmother of James E. (Kazue) Lafferty and Shaun E. (Hailey) Lafferty, dear great grandmother of Manami Lafferty, Ayu Lafferty, Aika Lafferty, Israel Lafferty, Lena Lafferty, Ava Lafferty and Isabella Lafferty; sister of Barbara E. (the late Wilton B.) Crosby, the late Marilyn E. (the late James H.) Zumberge and the late James E. (Marge) Edwards, Jr.; aunt of 11 nieces and nephews.

Family has elected to have a private Memorial Service.

Interment Private Bronswood Cemetery, Oak Brook, IL

Shirley attended DePauw University in Green Castle, IN and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She was a member and served as a Regent of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (LaGrange – Le Portage, Sarah Cochrane – Plymouth Michigan and Dalton Georgia Chapters) for over 40 years. She was also a Camp Fire Girls Leader and Camp Counselor at Camp Tuckabatchee and a Cub Scout Den Mother. She also spent her time as a volunteer for the Western Springs, IL, and Dalton, GA Historical Societies.

Memorials appreciate to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), P.O. Box 98286, Washington, D.C. 20090–8286 or The Western Springs Historical Society, 4211 Grand Ave, Western Springs, IL 60558

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. jeanne l christoff condolence:

    To Jim & Judy,
    My sincere sympathy on the passing of Mom. Shirley was a lovely lady to have known and a dear friend. I loved her stories of growing up in W. Springs and raising you in LaGrange. Your family history was so interesting. I am proud to be a fellow member of DAR with Shirley and Judy.
    Our Lord’s comfort and peace, Jeanne Christoff

  2. JoEllen Zumberge condolence:

    Dearest Judy:
    My hearfelt sympathies are with you and all the Lafferty Family. Auntie Shirley was remarkable woman.
    Love from Ludlow England

  3. Jamie condolence:

    Dear Judy,

    I will always remember the visits our families had when we were kids, and have fond memories of Shirley. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Love from Cindie and Jim in San Marino

  4. Martha Alberti condolence:

    DearJudy and Jim,
    I’ll always have fond memories of “Auntie Shirley”
    I’m thinking of her because she would have turned 100 this month.
    Loving thoughts to you from the Normandy countryside.

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