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Shirley (Emrick) Knicley

Shirley Jean (Emrick) Knicley, 85, of Hume, IL, died at 10:55 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, at home in Des Moines, IA after a battle with brain cancer.


Born June 8, 1936, in Edgar County, IL, she was the daughter of Kellie Emrick, Sr. and Edith Esther (Baker) Emrick. She was married on August 15, 1953, to/and is survived by her high school sweetheart Roy Lee Knicley, Sr.


Survivors include son and daughter in-law Roy Lee (Jene) Knicley, Jr. of Des Moines, IA. son and daughter in-law Tony Alan (Barbara) Knicley of Winter Haven, FL and son William Eugene Knicley of IL, 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 33 foster children.


She is preceded in death by sisters, Alice Rosella (Rosie) Millis, Julia (Judy) Faith Walls, Nina Mae (Peggy) McMullen, and brothers, Kellie Raymond Emrick Jr., Jerry Allen Emrick, and David Wayne Emrick.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, at the Frank W Smith Retirement Center Community Room at 2100 Beaver Ave. Des Moines, IA. Final burial will be in the Young America Cemetery at Hume, IL.