Shirley Elizabeth Squires

Shirley Elizabeth Squires

Shirley “Cookie” Elizabeth (Donders) Squires in the early morning on November 19, 2021; mom went to heaven to join our dad. Cookie was born in Evart, MI on August 14, 1943 to Robert and Bette Donders. She lived most of her younger years there and went to school with the love of her life, Larry Squires, whom she married in 1961.

Cookie and Larry had five children: Larry Jr., Shelley, Steve, Sam and Shirlee.

Cookie worked at Evart products for many years. They moved the family to Colorado in 1980. After the kids moved away, Cookie and Larry moved around in their motorhome.

Cookie and Larry lived in Gillette for about 10 years. She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandbabies. Cookie collected old oil lamps and had lots of them. Cookie loved her dogs, and they were a comfort to her after Larry passed in 2020. She was a very tough woman even though small in size she took care of Larry for two years while he was sick.

She was loved and will be missed. Cookie is survived by her children, Larry (Christine) Squires Jr. of Pueblo, CO; Shelley (Herb) Horn of Gillette, WY; Steve (Laura) Squires of Clay Center, KS; Sam (Carey) Squires of Mancelona, MI; Shirlee Maurath (Jamie Brown) of Cripple Creek, CO; plus 17 grandkids; 19 great-grandkids and another great-granddaughter due March 2022; sisters, Kayla (Lyman) Richter of Barryton, MI; Linda Griep of Holland, MI; Leann (Tom) Kingsbury of Reed City, MI; and brother, Duane Donders of Sun City, AZ. She is preceded in death by husband and love of her life, Larry in 2020; father, Robert Donders; mother, Bette (Margaret) Miller; sister, Sharon Schmidt; sister, Noreen Stevens and brother, Tom Donders.

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Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at


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