At age 90, passed away July 21, 2018 at Silver Maples of Chelsea, Michigan. She was born to Arbela Edgar and Nina Louise (Nixon) Barnes on January 27, 1928.

She graduated with the 1946 Ypsilanti High School class, and then with a teaching degree from Michigan State Normal College (now known as Eastern Michigan University). A master’s degree was also earned from the University of Michigan. Shirley was a sorority sister of Sigma Nu Phi. She taught for twenty-six years in both Allen Park and River Rouge schools.

Shirley married Fredrick Meyn in 1951. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before he passed away in 2004. Shirley and Fred had been members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Allen Park), Calvary Lutheran (Southfield), and Zion Lutheran Church (Chelsea).

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughters, Deborah (Bob) Baughman of Granger, Indiana and Karen (Kent) Urbanowicz of Livonia, Michigan, and her son, Kevin (Cindy) Meyn of South Lyon, Michigan. Six grandchildren are proud to have been able to call her their own; Rob Baughman of Phoenix, AZ, David (Becky) Meyn of South Lyon, MI, Christina (Ryan Limke) of Grand Rapids, MI, Chelsea (Jason) Kolp of Royal Oak, MI, Patrick (Kristen) Meyn of Milford, MI, and Shelby (Zack) Burghardt of Naperville, IL. Seven great-grandchildren, Emma, Elliana, Jackson, Charlie, Kailey, Josh, Grace, and two more due this year gave Shirley more opportunities to smile, laugh, and enjoy her family and they her. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers – Orville, Wendell, John – and three sisters -Ernestine Maher, Mary Ida Cook, and Carol Bird.


We, her family, wish to thank all the loving staff at Silver Maples for their care and devotion for our mother during this time and to Arbor Hospice for their help in keeping mom comfortable in her final days.

Funeral services will take place from the Zion Lutheran Church, Chelsea on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11am. Visitation will take place at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, as well as at church on Saturday from 10-11am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Maples Silver Lining Fund.


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