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Shirley Flack

Shirley J. Flack (Graff)

Monday, January 15th, 1934 - Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
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Obituary

Shirley J. Flack, 85, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Her memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 16, 2019, at Harvest Valley Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Curt Holzworth officiating. Inurnment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Shirley was born January 15, 1934, at Mitchell, Nebraska to Henry and Pauline (Vogel) Graff. She grew up in Scottsbluff, graduating from the Scottsbluff High School in 1952, as valedictorian of her class. On December 19, 1953, she married Edward Flack at Scottsbluff. Shirley worked for the Scottsbluff Public Library for over 40 years and for 30 of those years as the library director.

She was a member of numerous professional and civic organizations including Friends of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library, Soroptimist International, Panhandle BPW, and AHSGR.

Survivors include her daughter, Jan Bayne of Scottsbluff; son, Paul (Beth) Flack of Scottsbluff; and grandchildren, Jim (Franchesca) Bayne of New Mexico and their children, great-grandchildren, Madison and Declan; Jason Flack of Colorado and his children, great-grandchildren, Danielle and Samantha, and Cassie Flack of Colorado.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son-in-law, Mike Bayne.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Harvest Valley Church
    Address
    743 Winter Creek Drive
    SCOTTSBLUFF, NE 69361
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Curt Holzworth
  • Interment

    Location
    Fairview Cemetery
    Address
    North 5th Avenue
    SCOTTSBLUFF, NE 69361
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Linda Witko

Posted at 12:19pm
Shirley was one of my most treasured friends and mentors. I loved working with her for the 21 years I spent in Scottsbluff and I continued to follow all of her adventures when she retired. She constantly challenged me to be the best that I could be and supported my many experiments in social change. I loved talking to her not only about books to read but also about programs and policies to benefit all citizens. Her leadership at the Scottsbluff Public Library set the standard for everyone who followed. I will miss knowing that I can call on her for advice and encouragement and I know that her family is saddened by her loss but also happy with the times that she spent making their lives better.
Linda Witko
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Jeanie Knudtson

Posted at 12:15pm
Dear family, you have my deepest sympathies. I knew Shirley through the Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society for many years. Also as a member of the Friends of the Library. Your mother was a very special lady. She will be missed by many, many people. I will keep her in my prayers. Jeanie Knudtson

Debbie Gamet Flack

Posted at 12:47am
Paul and Beth, Jan and Jimmy. I was deeply saddened to hear of Shirley's passing. I send my heartfelt condolences to all of you. Shirley was a huge positive influence in my life during the years I was married to Paul. She taught me many things. I think of her everytime I make cabbage burgers, knit, crochet, or can. She was fearless in all that she did. She was an advocate for women everywhere. Her strength and tenacity will always be remembered. She made sure that all the grandkids had family traditions that are still carried on today. She will be missed.
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Sandy White

Posted at 05:37pm
I've known Shirley for decades through library services. She was an advocate for libraries, and she was a strong leader in the library community. She was also lots of fun to hang out with at conferences. Her family members, whom she loved so much, are in my thoughts and prayers.


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Abby Yellman

Posted at 11:18pm
Shirley was fierce...both in strength and kindness. A vocal advocate for women, especially those like me whom she mentored. She inspired me to never let fear keep me from opportunity and taught me we learn best by rolling up our sleeves to work and learn alongside those we lead. I’m forever grateful for having known her and will carry her with me for the rest of my days. Much love to her family.
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