Shirley Ness

Shirley Ness


June 7, 1929 - May 19, 2024


Shirley Ness, 94, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 1, at Harvest Community Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Fulton, SD. Visitation will be Friday, May 31, from 7-8:30 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Shirley June Fillmore Ness was born June 7, 1929 to Lela (Fullerton) Fillmore and Paul Emery Fillmore at Atkinson, Nebraska. Shirley’s mother, Lela, died soon after her birth, and Shirley spent her first 18 months with her grandparents, James Boyd and Bertha Emily (Gates) Fullerton. After Shirley’s father married Lois Almeda Walker, Shirley came to live in Mitchell, South Dakota, where Paul and Lois were the YMCA and YWCA secretaries throughout Shirley’s growing up years.

Shirley attended Eugene Field grade school. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1947. She attended Dakota Wesleyan College for one year.

She married Maynard Lee Ness in 1948. They farmed in Miner County for 50 years, before retiring and moving to Mitchell in 2000.

Shirley taught country schools in Sanborn, Miner and Hanson Counties for three years, and kindergarten in Fulton for two years. She taught Chapter One for 22 years, first at Farmer, SD, then at Alexandria. She retired in 1991.

Shirley wrote many poems, and authored and published three books through Authorhouse: “Travelers;” “Mom’s Old Testament Bible Stories: Heroes and Scoundrels;” and “Mom’s New Testament Bible Stories: Heroes and Scoundrels.”

She was a member of Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene, serving as missionary president, adult Sunday School teacher, and church board member. Shirley taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She also taught a Bible class at Firesteel Nursing Home for ten years.

The most important thing to Shirley was her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, whom she loved with all her heart. She prayed about everything, and she prayed for everyone in her life. No matter what situation anyone faced, the answer was always prayer. 

Shirley loved her family, and was so proud of each one of them. She prayed her family through any and every situation, and constantly supported them, through thick and thin. Her legacy of faith and love will never be forgotten.

Shirley was preceded in death by… everybody! She was the last one from that generation of her family to join the big crowd awaiting her in heaven. Among those waiting for her were: Her parents; all her siblings; all her sibling’s spouses; her husband of 72 years, Maynard; all her husband’s siblings and their spouses; her daughter, Kathy Ness Buxie; an unborn son; and premature triplet grandchildren.

She’s home with the Lord, now, and with all who have gone before us. What she would say to everyone, but especially her family: “Be there! Don’t miss the party! Live for Jesus!”

Shirley is survived by her three children: Dave (Joy) Ness of Everett, WA; Bill (Helen) Ness of Olathe, KS; and Julie (Dave) Jamison of Huntsville, AL. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren: Debbie (Mike) Jasiczek; Danny (Megan) Buxie; Heidi Ness; Caleb (Catie) Ness; Ethan Ness; Brian Ness; Glenn Ness; Rebekah Jamison; Steven (Colleen) Jamison; two great-grandchildren: Reagan Buxie and Ellie Buxie; son-in-law, Joe Buxie; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harvest Community Church or to Noah’s FARM:


Friday, May 31, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, June 1, 2024
3:00 PM
Harvest Community Church
1017 W Norway Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Fulton, SD

Posted by Tracy Fillmore-Frey on May 30, 2024
She always kept in touch with family, loved her emails I would get and cards. It was a good time when we got to see her. She will be missed. Prayers to the family.
Posted by Vandy Thomsen on May 29, 2024
Aunt Shirley, you are the last of an incredible generation of siblings and spouses! The example you and uncle Maynard set not just for your immediate family but also to your nephews and nieces and grandchildren and anyone lucky enough to meet you cannot be defined by words!
What a get together you must be having!
My life was blessed to be a part of your family!
Thank you for your faithfulness!
Posted by Paula Ness Northrup on May 28, 2024
You were like my second mom. If you were in a room the sound of laughter was sure to follow, which was so uplifting and reassuring. Your wisdom was vast. Your love so deep. Life started out so tragically, losing your mama at the outset, but you faced each day fearlessly and finished triumphantly, as a good and faithful servant of our risen Lord.
Love and miss you.
Posted by Dale & Deb Wilson on May 24, 2024
Dave and Joy, May God wrap you in his loving arms as you say goodbye to your Mom and remember all your precious memories. Prayers
Posted by Gary Fessler on May 23, 2024
Rest in peace Shirley
Posted by Diane and Bryan Slaba on May 22, 2024
Dave, Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Debbie Weichert on May 21, 2024
Rest in peace Shirley.
Posted by Carol Carstens on May 21, 2024
You are now with your savior and Lord!! Thank you Shirley for who you were. The finest example of Christ's Love!! Your love for children and Bible quizzing was so evident.
Posted by Sina Glover on May 21, 2024
Thoughts and prayers to Shirley's family. It was an honor caring for her at Edgewood.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on May 20, 2024
REST IN PEACE SHIRLEY. I enjoyed being one of Shirley and Maynards caretakers at Edgewood. They were both wonderful people. Deepest Condolences to the family.
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