Shirley Ione Cays Cameron died on May 1, 2015 at Dungeness Courte Memory Care of age related causes. She was just 19 days short of her 85th birthday.
Shirley was the 4th of 6 children born to Ollie Ballard Cays and Orin “Skinny” Cays, in Carlsborg, Washington. ThThey were a close knit family, working and playing together throughout her life.
Shirley was Sequim Irrigation Princess and Salmon Derby Princess in high school in Sequim, and had many humorous stories about those experiences.
She married Dave Cameron on September 18, 1948. They raised three children, Donna, Dave and Pete.
Nothing was more important to Shirley than Family. She loved picnics and holidays for family gatherings and food. She would decorate her house on every possible occasion. Christmas was special to her and she would begin putting out decorations a month ahead, often recruiting
her grandsons in the project.
Easter was also a great family gathering with elaborate
egg hunts for nieces, nephews and grand kids, from babies in arms to teens.
Shirley loved her flowers and spent hours and hours on yard work.
She and Dave opened their strawberry farm in 1972 for commercial picking with up to 600 pickers, mostly children.
Later they included the U-Pick fields with the help of many family members. Shirley was the “Strawberry Queen”!
As a member of Sequim Bible “Trail Blazers”, the Cays sisters hosted many parties with great food and lots of games. Shirley was a member of Sequim Bible Church for over 40 years and together with Bev and Caroline, took part in many women’s activities. She trusted the Lord.
Shirley is survived by her children Donna (Steve) Radcliffe, Dave (Sidne) Cameron and Pete (Jeanne) Cameron; grandsons Patrick Radcliffe, Clint Cameron and Daniel Cameron, great granddaughter Kaylee Radcliffe; sisters Caroline Baumuck and Beverly Hendrickson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service in her honor will be held at Sequim Bible Church, 847 N. Sequim Ave, Sequim, WA at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 followed by light refreshments at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Association, www.alz.org/donate, or a charity of your choice.
Special thanks to Dungeness Courte for the tender care they provided our Shirley these last several months.