Shirley J. Politte

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Shirley J. Politte, age 89, of Sullivan, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 at her home.

Shirley Jean was born on January 29, 1930 in Fort Worth, TX, the daughter of Ralph and Madge (Stroup) Turnbull. She attended the Zion School in Washington County. Shirley was united in marriage to former Mayor Winford Politte on November 12, 1949 in Sullivan, Missouri. Shirley was employed by International Shoe, Fashion Shoe, and Paramount Cap. Shirley loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and always enjoyed spending time with them. She was known to take care of everyone. Shirley also enjoyed fishing and canning and cooking for her family. Her specialties included potato salad, squash pie, apple cake and pickles. Shirley was a kind and loving person and will be missed by her family and friends.

Shirley is survived by her children, Olivia Abney and husband, Rich, of Bourbon, MO, Laverne Martin and husband, John, of Sullivan, MO, and Russell Politte and wife, Beth, of Pacific, MO; two sisters, Mary Miller of Sullivan, MO, and Ann Siebenman of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-law, Mildred Miller of St. Clair, MO; nine grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and one additional great grandchild on the way; nieces & nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Politte; her son, Vernon Politte; her parents, Ralph and Madge (Stroup) Turnbull; three great grandchildren; one brother, Louis Turnbull; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services were conducted 2 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 at Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, with Pastor Matt Dudley as the officiant. Interment followed in I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery in Sullivan.

Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 at Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan Public Library or Sullivan HALO.

Friends may send online condolences to the family of Mrs. Politte at

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan & Bourbon, MO. 

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