Shirley Modlin obituary: Shirley Modlin's Obituary, Dove Topeka

In Memory Of
Shirley Jean Modlin
1934 - 2023

Obituary photo of Shirley Modlin, Dove-KS
Obituary photo of Shirley Modlin, Dove-KS

In Memory Of
Shirley Jean Modlin
1934 - 2023

Shirley Jean Modlin, 89, of Manhattan Beach, California passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Topeka, Kansas with her family by her side.

She was born April 30, 1934, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Hand) Nelson. She received an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Kansas State College of Pittsburg.

Shirley was employed by the United States Air Force, until retiring in 1985.

Mrs. Modlin was a member of the Quilting Club of Manhattan Beach, and had many neighborhood friends.
Shirley married Ernest Modlin on May 24, 1973 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2010.

Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly (John) Whithorn, granddaughters, Angela (Rich) Smith, and Kristin (Gray) Bothwell, great grandchildren, Kinsley and Lillian Smith, and Liam Bothwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Judith Leftwich, and great granddaughter, Ciara Whithorn.

Shirley loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed quilting, reading, cooking, and traveling everywhere with her husband. She was an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan.

A wake will be held from 1:00pm – 3:00pm., Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Dove Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, Kansas.

Interment will be at a later date in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Illinois 60674.

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Shirley Jean Modlin, 89, of Manhattan Beach, California passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Topeka, Kansas with her family by her side.

She was born April 30, 1934, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Edna (Hand) Nelson. She received an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Kansas State College of Pittsburg.

Shirley was employed by the United States Air Force, until retiring in 1985.

Mrs. Modlin was a member of the Quilting Club of Manhattan Beach, and had many neighborhood friends.
Shirley married Ernest Modlin on May 24, 1973 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2010.

Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly (John) Whithorn, granddaughters, Angela (Rich) Smith, and Kristin (Gray) Bothwell, great grandchildren, Kinsley and Lillian Smith, and Liam Bothwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Judith Leftwich, and great granddaughter, Ciara Whithorn.

Shirley loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed quilting, reading, cooking, and traveling everywhere with her husband. She was an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan.

A wake will be held from 1:00pm – 3:00pm., Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Dove Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, Kansas.

Interment will be at a later date in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, Illinois 60674.

To share a memory of Shirley or leave a special message for her family, please click the Share Memories button above.


Services & Gatherings

Wake

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Dove Cremations & Funerals - Southwest
3700 SW Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, KS 66610
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Southwest Chapel (785-272-9797) is assisting the family

Southwest Chapel (785-272-9797) is assisting the family

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