Shirley Lorraine Setzler passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the Sublette Center in Pinedale, Wyo. Shirley was born to George and Laura Schinsel Payne on March 16, 1927, in Kemmerer, Wyo. She was the adored baby sister of Ed, Helen, Francis and Annette O’Brien. She lived on her family’s homestead in what is now La Barge, Wyo. When she was three, the family moved to Fall City, Washington. She attended school in Fall City and Snoqualmie Falls until her senior year of high school, then they moved to Baker City, Ore. She attended Eastern Oregon College in LaGrande, Ore., and graduated in 1949 with a BA in Education.
Her first teaching job was in Salem, Ore., during 1949. In 1950, Shirley, her brother Ed O’Brien, sisters Helen O’Brien and Francis Moore purchased a ranch on South Cottonwood Creek in Sublette County, Wyo. For our family it would simply become “The Ranch.” Even though Shirley moved around Wyoming, this would always be “Home.”
She continued her teaching career in Rock Springs, Wyo. She married Art Setzler in 1957. He passed away in 1960; at this time she then moved to Big Piney and taught first grade. Shirley was part of the old guard of teachers. They were a generation of teachers who taught 30 students at a time without computers or aides. Whenever someone mentions Mrs. Setzler or Aunt Shirley, the response is usually, “She was my first grade teacher” or “My child had her for first grade.” Teaching was her passion and it didn’t stop when she went home. She was always looking for a better way to teach math or finding fossils and arrowheads for geology or a history lesson. When Shirley went on a trip, all of “her kids” received a souvenir. She retired in 1983.
Shirley loved life and had many hobbies including painting, photography and rock hunting. Shirley never had any children of her own, but she lavished attention on her many nieces, nephews, students and any animal that crossed her path.
She was preceded in death by her parents George and Laura Payne, husband Art Setzler, brothers Ed and James Patrick O’Brien, sisters Helen O’Brien, Francis Moore and Annette O’Brien, nephew Mike Profit and niece JaNeanne Hays. She is survived by nephews Kent Profit, John Moore and Pat Moore, nieces Toni David and Laurel Profit and many great nieces and nephews.
Whether you knew her as Aunt Shirley or Mrs. Setzler, she was a great lady who will be missed by all who knew her.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Marbleton Senior Center. Interment followed in the Plainview Cemetery.
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