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Shirley Jean (Conklin) Cannon

January 29, 1943 — March 5, 2023

Ovid

      Shirley Jean Cannon, age 80, of Ovid, MI, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Sparrow Health Systems Sparrow Campus, Lansing, MI.

     Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel.

   Shirley was born in Elsie, Michigan on January 29, 1943, the daughter of Claude and Ruth (Waggoner) Conklin. Shirley graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1961. She married Gerald Irving Cannon on February 3, 1962, at Elsie United Methodist Church, Elsie, Michigan.  They were blessed with forty-six years of marriage, prior his passing on July 19, 2009.

     Shirley worked many places throughout her life including: Vaughn's Seed Company in Ovid, McDonald's in St. Johns, Uncle Johns Cider Mill baking bread in the evenings and cleaning many homes in the area. Most importantly, Shirley was a homemaker who loved cooking, baking and taking care of her family. Shirley and Gerald loved dancing the polka, traveling and spending time up north fishing together. She enjoyed watching soap operas with her granddaughter Samantha, watching cowboy shows, and spending time with close friends and family. She also enjoyed spending time with her late dog Molly and new cat Goldie. She was a member of the Elsie United Methodist Church. 

   She is survived by her son David and Cindy Cannon of St. Johns, MI; daughter Donna and Dale Schafer of St. Johns, MI; grandchildren; Nicole and Jeffrey Curtin, Bethany Cannon and Levi Black, and Samantha Schafer, great-grandchildren: Adalynn and Beau Curtin, brothers: Richard and Nancy Conklin of Elsie, MI, Norman and Joyce Conklin of North Carolina, Stuart and Susan Conklin of Olivet, MI; sister-in-law Barb Conklin of Fenmore, MI. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend Robert Hyde. She was preceded in death her parents, husband Gerald, father and mother-in-law: Erwin and Vera Cannon, brother Tom Conklin, brother-in-law LeRoy Cannon, and her special dog Molly. 

    Memorials may be made to Capitol Area Humane Society, Ovid Middlebury Fire and Rescue, or Clinton County Ambulance Service.

Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, Michigan.

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Funeral Service

Thursday, February 9, 2023

11:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes Ovid

232 E. Oak Street , Ovid, MI 48866

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Visitation

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

2:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes Ovid

232 E. Oak Street , Ovid, MI 48866

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