Shirley A. (Harting) Baxter

June 1, 1931 ~ August 20, 2019 (age 88)


Shirley A. Baxter, 88, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:40 AM on August 20, 2019 at Vancrest of Van Wert after a brief illness. She was born on June 01, 1931 in Van Wert, to the late Walter and Florence (Debolt) Harting. 

On March 14, 1953, she married William S. Baxter, who passed away on November 29, 2002. Together, they shared years of memories. Shirley worked as secretary for Van Wert City Schools for 26 years, retiring in 1994. She also volunteered in the library at Jefferson School for 10 years.

Shirley was a lifetime member of the Trinity United Methodist where she sang in the choir. Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

She is survived  by her loving sons: Jeffrey S. (Linda) Baxter of Lebanon, OH; David W. (Jeanne) Baxter of Germantown, WI; sisters: Carolym (Richard) Good of Van Wert; Sandra Farrar of Louisville, KY;  5 grandchildren: Aaron (Jodi) Baxter, Benjamin Baxter, Samuel Baxter, Amy Baxter, Adam Baxter; as well as two great-grandchildren, Max and Alex. 

A funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church with visitation  from 10 AM until service time at 1 PM. Rev. Kurt Tomlinson will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley`s memory may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Funeral arrangements are by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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September 7, 2019

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church

September 7, 2019

1:00 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church


Trinity United Methodist Church
Walnut St, Van Wert OH 45891

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