Shirley Mura McGlinn (age 68) passed away peacefully on December 24 at home with her family by her side. Shirley was born October 7, 1944 to George and Virginia Mura in Leavenworth, Kansas and was raised by Virginia and Ralph Rodgers Junior. In 1965 she married Bob McGlinn in Leavenworth. They were married for 47 years and raised their family in Carbondale, Illinois.
Shirley was devoted to her family and especially loved playing, laughing, reading and doing crafts with her three grandchildren. She cherished time spent with her children who brought her great joy. Shirley and Bob were avid sports fans and attended Saluki athletic events for over 40 years.
Shirley graduated from Immaculata High School (1962) and St. Mary College (1966) in Leavenworth, Kansas. She was awarded a National Science Foundation teaching fellowship at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas for the 1966-67 academic year. She earned her Master's degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1975. She taught at Southern Illinois University, first as a teaching assistant and then as an instructor, for 39 years. Her passion for teaching and dedication to her students resulted in thirteen teaching awards in her department MEDPREP and the School of Medicine, as well as the Outstanding Term Faculty for the entire SIUC campus in 2007. Shirley also developed the Milestone Ceremony at MEDPREP, which is patterned after the white coat ceremony used at all medical schools. Shirley collaborated with colleague and good friend, Evelyn W. Jackson, on many educational projects and workshops around the country.
In 2011 Shirley was inducted into the Immaculata High School Hall of Fame in Leavenworth and selected as SIH Star Cancer Survivor.
She was preceded in death by parents, George Mura and Virginia Rodgers. Survivors include her father, Ralph Rodgers, her husband Bob McGlinn, son Matthew McGlinn, daughter Maura Webb, son-in-law Allen Webb, three grandchildren (Riana McGlinn, Eva Webb, and Joshua McGlinn), sister Mary Helen Owens, brother-in-law John Owens, sister Patty Rodgers, and brother Buddy Rodgers. Other survivors include Mary and Walt Datwyler, Dick and Elaine McGlinn, Bill and Louise McGlinn, and Ed and Judy McGlinn.
Shirley was particularly grateful for all of the support she received from her family, her extended families, friends and students during her life and during her battle with cancer. Her family extends the warmest thanks for the excellent care provided by her oncologist at Barnes West County in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Dr. Michael Naughton and his excellent staff as well as Dr. Aliperti and his staff at Missouri Baptist Hospital in Saint Louis. The family also extends a special thank you to her nurse from TIP Hospice, India Walker, for the gentle and loving care she provided Shirley.
A celebration of life will be held at Riverfront Community Center on Friday, January 4 at 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shirley McGlinn Scholarship Endowment at the Southern Illinois University Foundation (Carbondale, Illinois 62901), the Shirley Mura '62 McGlinn Scholarship at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas (Administration Office, 320 N Broadway, Leavenworth, KS 66048), or the American Cancer Society.
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