Shirley Irene Fite was born in Muskogee on April 25, 1934. Shirley was 83 when she passed quietly, surrounded by family. She was the daughter of H. J. Venus Jr. and Velma Irene Nesbitt Witter. Baptized at an early age, she was a devout Christian throughout her life. A Central High School graduate of 1952, Shirley stayed in touch with many of her classmates.
In 1954, she married Richard A. Storts. She was his support throughout medical school and enjoyed their travels. They spent two years in Japan, which she enjoyed immensely and created treasured memories. They returned to Muskogee where Shirley became involved in the community and began a lifelong love for Muskogee.
Together they had three children: Richard Storts of Tahlequah, Cheryl Robinson of Muskogee and Linda Smith of Piedmont. After her husband died, Shirley showed remarkable courage in building the next chapters of her life. She worked for several years at Cross Telephone Company in Warner, OK. She enjoyed the support of many friends and neighbors during this time of transition. Her focus was always on her children.
Dr. Fulton Fite entered her life as her second love, and they were wed in 1977. They enjoyed traveling to all but two states in the U.S. and to Canada and Mexico. They made many friends along the way. Their union resulted in the combining of two families and Shirley gained three new children. She enjoyed being the medical office coordinator for her husband's practice. Throughout her life she enjoyed cooking and reading.
She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and a dear stepdaughter, Cindi Uecker.
Shirley will be greatly missed by her children and their spouses, Richard Storts, Cheryl and Kurt Robinson, Linda and Scott Smith, Gary Uecker, Kevin and Lela Fite, Kathi and Steve Estes. Shirley was especially proud to brag on her thirteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. The family would like to express deep appreciation for the care Shirley received at St. Francis Hospital in both Muskogee and Tulsa.
A memorial service celebrating Shirley's life will be 10AM, Monday November 6, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Muskogee, 600 E Okmulgee with Associate Minister Cindy Culver officiating. The "Chicken Eaters", a group of very special friends, will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Donations may be made in Shirley's honor to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or charity of your choice.
Services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on November 5, 2017