Shirley Delores (Beals) Panther, 92, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2022 at Cherry Hill Assisted Living in Accident, MD. She was born on April 19,1930, in Meyersdale, PA, to the late Roy and Lelia (Taylor) Beals.
Upon graduation from Meyersdale High School, Shirley moved to Washington DC to work as a secretary for the FBI. During that time, she met her future husband, Jim, who she married on April 21, 1956. Jim's Naval career allowed them to live in various areas across the United States. After retirement from the military, they moved back east to be near family and raise their three sons.
Shirley was a devoted member and faithful servant of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. She volunteered for multiple organizations and was past president of the Civic Club and Catholic Daughters of America. As a member of the Garrett Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, she was instrumental in opening the first hospital gift shop. She gave her time to any organization in need, including the State Parks, Cub Scouts and election board. She was also an auxiliary member of the American Legion Proctor Kildow Post #71 and the Oakland Elks Lodge.
Family and friends were everything to Shirley. Whether cooking a delicious meal, loving her grandkids, or caring for anyone in need, Shirley was always there in a selfless way. She never missed an opportunity to spend time or help any of her four sisters and their families. Other highlights of her life included traveling in the states and abroad and playing in her weekly card clubs.
Shirley is survived by three sons, Tom Panther and wife Darla of Swanton, MD, Ed Panther and wife Dawn of Oakland, MD, and Tim Panther and wife Tammy of Middletown, MD; sister, Jean Keister of Woodstock, MD; sister-In-law, Sister Terri Panther of Madison, WI; grandchildren, Jenny Bishoff and husband Josh of Oakland, MD, Nathaniel Panther and wife Robin of Savannah, GA, Bryan Panther and wife Laurie of Lititz, Pa, Chad Panther and Jessie Railey of Accident, MD, Jack Panther and wife Sydney of Frederick, MD, and Ben Panther and wife Heidi of New York, NY; great grandchildren, Sophie, Lauryn and Carter Bishoff, Grayson and Olivia Panther, Findlay and Everleigh Panther, Bode and Kolbe Panther. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim, on May 3, 1992; sisters, Iona Mimna, Jane Boddicker and Louise Beals; and her dear friend, Lucy Shorb.
Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., 21 N 2nd St., Oakland on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 4 to 6 PM and on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter the Apostle, 208 S 4th St., Oakland on Friday, November 18, 2022, at 11 AM with Fr. Tom Gills as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank Crystal and the staff of Cherry Hill for the wonderful care they provided Shirley for the past eight years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the House of Hope, PO Box 24, Oakland, Md 21550.
The C & S Fredlock Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Panther family.