Shirley Hammrich


May 25, 1931 - July 6, 2021


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.



Sunday, July 11, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, July 12, 2021
10:30 AM
Downtown First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Audrey & Jim Handsel on July 10, 2021
Our thoughts & prayers go out to all of the family. Remember when she was still decorating those windows-she had a knack for that! Most recently delivered meals to her on several different occasions-nice lady-may she RIP.
Posted by Herm and Kristi Harms on July 10, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Thinking of you all with thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Wayne & Carmen Allen/ Carolynn Montini( Punky) on July 10, 2021
Wishing we were there with the family celebrating Shirley’s life.
We are keeping the family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We love you all….
Posted by Lana Loken on July 9, 2021
My sympathies to your family.
Posted by Bob and Bobbi Riggs on July 9, 2021
So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.🙏
Posted by Jake and Bobbie Prickett on July 9, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all
Posted by Bob & Sandy Marler on July 9, 2021
Sorry for the loss of this wonderful lady. She will be missed.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on July 8, 2021
So sorry to all of you for this sad loss . Shirley was a sweet lady to everyone that was blessed to know her , So glad to get to see her at her Birthday Party !!
Posted by Mary Persson on July 8, 2021
I got to know Shirley when she worked for Griggs Clothing ad I worked at Harve’s Sport Shop many years ago and we have been friends ever since. Shirley was an awesome lady and mother. She will be missed. Sympathy and Prayers to her great family. She was so proud of them.
Posted by Bob and Lori Herman on July 8, 2021
Our sincere sympathy to Shirley's family.Thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. She was a special lady and will be greatly missed.
Posted by Larry & Pamela Durst on July 8, 2021
She is on quite a few pages of my life story.She will be missed.
Posted by Roger & Sandra Smith , Rick, Michael, & Bradley on July 7, 2021
So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathy to the family,
Posted by Barb Dulaney on July 7, 2021
She will be missed. She was a great lady and friend. I had worked with her. God bless you all take care
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on July 7, 2021
Jerry and I send our sympathy to the entire family of Shirley, but especially to Mitzi and Brian. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Tama Backlund on July 7, 2021
Dan and I send our sincere sympathies to all of Shirley’s loved ones. What a wonderful role model she was for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!
Posted by Stewart & Jolynn Hanson on July 6, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Shirley's family. She was a wonderful lady. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Posted by Collins Family on July 6, 2021
We are so sorry to hear the news of Shirleys passing,, she was such a special person who was driven to work hard and to be the best mom ever,, Rest now Shirley,,, you will be greatly missed,, condolences to the family,,,,
Posted by Dan and carol mc killop on July 6, 2021
Your garden will be missed, rest in peace, Shirley
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