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Shirley Jean Wasson

December 31, 1930 — June 20, 2023

Kansas City


The world had a fun loving, and no-BS Shirley Jean Wasson for 92.5 years.  She passed peacefully- exactly how she wanted to leave.  She leaves with this world two handsome sons, Britt Sr. (Tulsa, OK, married Patti) and Gary (Colorado Springs, CO), and was preceded in death by one lovely daughter Sherry Kay Mason (02/11/1953 - 09/18/88).  After Sherry's passing, she had the blessed honor of being a mother to Sherry's kids, Jaden (Nampa, Idaho), Felisha (Kansas City, MO), Roxy (Sand Hallow, Idaho), and Dalton (Alton, Illinois).  Her spunk, unwillingness to settle and controlling determination will live on through the 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren that, quite literally, would not be here if not for her.  She also leaves the Dangl family which raised her as their own, after her mother (Electra Letson) passed when Shirley was only 8 years of age.

She jumped fully into ventures that would benefit her family like Britt's lumber empire, Little Britts' passion for coins, Sherry’s cancer journey, and Felisha's dreams to be an aviator like her; she was reliable like that.  When driving she loved to speed, and ‘peel out’, almost as much as we loved to think we might die when we drove with her.   I don’t know how many times we said, ‘I hope I’m like that when I am old’.  She believed her dogs (and hers alone) had super-dog powers, like smelling deer from 50 miles away (genuinely).   She was a woman who wanted adventure, and just needed a reason. Whether it was flying her own plane, or joining Felisha in college (to give her a path) she was ‘all in’.  To prove this, she graduated college at 59,  and then joined the Peace Corps at 61-stationed in Bulgaria.  She was known for making comments like 'I'll just swing by and pick you up (to Little Britt and Melody) on my way from Michigan to Idaho- they lived in Oklahoma!  She was also a hopeless romantic, which was an interesting mix with her desire to do what she wanted, or so her four ex-husbands would tell you (and nearly 5, if we had said yes at 88 years old).  She lived like life was short, from the beginning to the end, whether she was your favorite Aunt, Grammy, or In-Law, she was just that, your favorite.  She will be interred in Tulsa, OK, at Memorial Park at 5111 S Memorial Dr. on July 14, 2023. For additional details email






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