brockman-shirley-obit-photoShirley Mae (Dunbar) Brockman, age 94, of Lincoln, passed away early on December 14, 2016.  Born in Dekalb, Missouri to Wilbur A. Dunbar and Geneva Alice (Prather) Dunbar. She resided from six weeks to age 11 in Gresham, NE, where her father was Superintendent of Schools. She then moved to Apopka, FL with her parents and brothers (14 year-old Walter and 6 year-old Paul).

She was a good public speaker, often representing her class at school and church events. When she was 14, she was asked to speak at the National Townsend Plan Convention in Orlando, FL.

The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1937. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1940, then attended the University of Nebraska.

While in high school, she enjoyed sports and played first string basketball on her high school intramural team.

She and husband Glenn L. Brockman raised two boys, Larry and Lee. Shirley was a Cub Scout and 4H leader and was always in attendance at the boys’ school and athletic events.Shirley Mae (Dunbar) Brockman, age 94, of Lincoln, passed away early on December 14, 2016.  Born in Dekalb, Missouri to Wilbur A. Dunbar and Geneva Alice (Prather) Dunbar. She resided from six weeks to age 11 in Gresham, NE, where her father was Superintendent of Schools. She then moved to Apopka, FL with her parents and brothers (14 year-old Walter and 6 year-old Paul).

She was a good public speaker, often representing her class at school and church events. When she was 14, she was asked to speak at the National Townsend Plan Convention in Orlando, FL.

The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1937. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1940, then attended the University of Nebraska.

While in high school, she enjoyed sports and played first string basketball on her high school intramural team.

She and husband Glenn L. Brockman raised two boys, Larry and Lee. Shirley was a Cub Scout and 4H leader and was always in attendance at the boys’ school and athletic events.

She was an ardent supporter and fan of Lincoln Northeast, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and the University of Nebraska.

Shirley was an advocate for the intellectually disabled and worked as a supervisor and program director for LARC, LOMAR, and Region V Services.

She enjoyed reading, writing, and Toastmasters. She was especially good at writing and delivering humorous speeches, winning a number of contests.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers Walter, whose plane was shot down over Italy in WWII, and Paul who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Survivors are her sons Larry N. Brockman and wife Linda, and Leland G. Brockman and wife Barbara. Grandchildren: Debbie Custer, Rebeca Rose , and Erin Brockman. Great grandchildren: Jacob Custer, Tatum Custer, and Dominic Brockman.

Funeral Services are at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 with a one hour closed casket visitation prior to the service at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” St., Lincoln.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.  Memorials to the family.  Condolences www.wyuka.com

 

4 Responses to Shirley Mae Brockman

  1. Joyce Dunbar Warshaw says:

    Loved, loved, loved this woman! Shirley was my aunt on my father’s side of the family…and was a joy to me as a child. She always had time for me, my brother and my cousins as children and I have great memories of playing games with her and just visiting with her about family genealogy! She was always one of my heroes…and was very instrumental in my choosing education as my profession! I will miss her but cherish my memories! Rest in peace, Aunt Shirley, and give my daddy a big hug up there in heaven! Love you!

  2. Lon & Jeneall Cave says:

    Larry, so sorry to hear about your mother. May god be with you and your family at this time.

  3. Kristine Chavez says:

    Larry,

    Your Mom was such a kind lady to the Knight family. I know my Mom enjoyed her times with her. She will be missed.

  4. Ellen Moeller says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Shirley many years ago, and always respected her and liked her. The world was a better place because she was in it. Rest in peace, Shirley.

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