Shirley Hammrich, 90, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, July 12, at Downtown First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 4-6:00 PM Sunday, July 11, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Funeral arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Shirley Mae Hammrich was born May 25, 1931 to Floyd and Hattie (Severson) Brookbank in Mitchell, SD. Shirley attended Woonsocket Elementary and Mitchell High School. On November 6, 1948, Shirley married Donald Allen, and later married Leonard Hammrich on November 18, 1967.
In Shirley’s early years she worked at Mitchell Hatchery candling eggs, J. C. Penny’s, Grigg’s, and Pretty Things Plus. She later became the owner of Tobin’s Transfer and Storage, owner of the Depot building, and manager of the American Legion.
Shirley was incredibly involved in the Mitchell community as a member of the Downtown First United Methodist Church, Exchange Club, and American Legion Aux. She was also a Boy Scout Leader and Girl Scout Brownie Leader.
Shirley was a wonderful cook, and shared her talents at the American Legion, serving over 250 people at times. She was also a proud sponsor of Boys Basketball in the 80’s. During the holiday seasons, Shirley could be found decorating the windows at Tobin’s Transfer. During the summer she enjoyed vegetable canning and taking care of her yard and flower gardens. Shirley was very proud to have been chosen for the 2006 Mitchell Garden Clubs Yard of the Month. Shirley loved spending time with friends and family, and visiting her sister in Las Vegas.
She is survived by her children: Pat (Gil) Brown of Northlake, TX; Mitzie (Brian) Johnson of Mitchell, SD; Ron (Lori) Allen of Sanger, TX; Sandy (Mark) McKillop of Gillette, WY; Dan (Lori) Allen of Mitchell; Dave (Julie) Allen of Mitchell; Tim (Cindy) Allen of Mitchell; Becky (Kevin) Riggs of Mitchell; and Cindy (Gary) Bussmus of Mitchell; 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Barton of Las Vegas, NV; daughter-in-law, Sue Allen of Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Hammrich, son, Ken Allen, and her parents.