Shirley Ann Dreyer was born in Sidney, Montana, on March 24, 1958, the youngest of three children born to Stanley and Evelyn (Jorgensen) Dreyer. She was born with a tooth which her parents were proud to show off.
Shirley grew up in Sidney and attended school there, graduating in 1977. She was a member of her high school basketball team and she set several records which stood for many years. After high school, Shirley attended the University of North Dakota at Williston and then, Minot State College. She graduated from MSC in 1982 with a BS in Education. While living in Derby, Kansas, Shirley completed her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Wichita State University.
Shirley’s teaching career took her to various places. She taught in Judith Gap and Reed Point, Montana; Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Derby, Kansas and Billings, Montana. Her main areas of interest were math and physical education.
While attending the UND-W, Shirley was member of the Women’s Basketball Team that qualified for the National Junior College Championship in Lexington, Kansas in 1979. The team finished 3rd in the nation. In 2009, the team was honored by being inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame for UND-W.
Shirley was an avid sports fan, especially basketball, football, softball and soccer. Her favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings. She also followed the Wichita State Shockers men’s basketball, Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball, Oklahoma Sooners men’s football and women’s softball. She also loved to play sports. Over the years she was on several softball teams. In later years, she became interested in golf and of course, she had a Vikings golf bag, umbrella, and most any other Viking golf related gear. Shirley had a very creative side and worked with leather. She created several custom guitar straps and decorative hangings.
Most importantly, Shirley loved Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior and was a woman of deep faith. She lived her faith, and many were touched by her testimony. Shirley was a member of Yellowstone Lutheran Brethren Church and was loved by her church family. Early in her life, Shirley had learned to play the guitar and she used her guitar playing and singing to honor her Lord God. She was a member of the worship teams in Derby, Kansas and Billings, Montana.
Shirley passed away on May 15, 2018, after a short, courageous and valiant battle against ovarian cancer. Her strength and faith were evident every day of her battle. She knew that ultimately it was a win-win situation for her. Either she would be able to stay here on earth with her family and friends or she would be in heaven with her Lord Jesus and loved ones who had passed on before her.
Shirley is lovingly remembered and survived by her sister, Coni Dreyer of Billings, Montana and by her brother, Geoffery (Kathie) Dreyer of Denver, her nieces, Ashley (David) Roseman and Kellie Dreyer and her nephew, Daniel Dreyer of Denver, Colorado and her great-nephews, Gabriel and Dominic Roseman.