Shirley A. Polich
September 2, 1932 - April 24, 2021

Shirley A. Polich

Shirley A. Polich
Sep 2, 1932 - Apr 24, 2021

Shirley A. Polich
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Canton - Shirley A. (Spainhour) Polich, 88, of Canton, passed away, Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 7:11 a.m. at Renaissance Care Center in Canton.
She was born on September 2, 1932 to Clarence and Lucille (Lawver) Spainhour.
Shirley married Jim Polich on December 24, 1952 and they later were divorced. She is preceded in death by both parents, one sister Wilma (Spainhour) Carter, one great great granddaughter, and her two beloved poodle dogs, Buffy and Buffy two.
Left behind to remember and celebrate the gift that her life was to all of them, are six children. They are Kathy (Ron) Rhodes of Kansas City, Sue (Al Lyons) Bohanan of Canton, Tony Polich of Peoria, Steve (Mary Tomlianovich) Polich of Canton, Lisa (Polich) Franklin of Lakewood Colorado, and Eric Polich of Kewanee. In addition, Shirley will be deeply missed by her ten grandchildren, seventeen great grandkids, five great great grandchildren, one brother-in-law. Joe Carter of Springfield and one nephew, Tod (Judy) Carter of Glendale Heights.
Shirley's legacy is her history of loving, caring for and providing for the six children she raised, all of whom became loving, responsible, and productive assets to their respective communities. She was a loyal and devoted friend to many and was an active member of a neighborhood group known as "the club". Several of her high school friends remained close over the years and enjoyed dining out together, going to sporting events, attending church, playing cards and dominoes, and boasting of the achievements of kids and grandkids. Shirley bowled for many years in a women's league.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and of the Canton Chapter of LY PEO. She worked in the daycare center at the YWCA, and later became a YWCA bookkeeper, the position from which she retired in December 1994. Shirley was also a gifted seamstress and served as "personal tailor" to many in Canton, providing custom mending, sewing and alterations services for decades. Shirley was a dedicated fan and supporter of Canton's Little Giants and loved going to games to see her grandchildren compete and listening to WBYS on the radio when she could not attend in person. She was a lifelong, unrepentant Chicago Cubs fan, enduring the decades of despair and then sharing that brief moment of glory in 2016.
Shirley was a remarkable woman, and a blessing to all who knew her. She raised six good kids, who are now raising many more good kids, and she will be remembered and loved by all of them, forever.
Shirley had never believed she had done "enough" but her legacy will persist through all those good kids and is one for which she can be very proud.
Private services for the family will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
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Missi Pollitt Thomas on May 3, 2021

Shirley hemmed all of our clothes. She was so sweet. Thoughts and Prayers Sent

JANE PSCHIRRER on Apr 30, 2021


Gary Jan and Brad Hannam on Apr 28, 2021

Sue and family So sorry to hear of your mom's passing.

Jeanne Lindsey on Apr 28, 2021

Sue and families, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a sweet lady. She and my dad had many great conversations next door to each other.

Debbie Downs on Apr 28, 2021

CandleShirley was a wonderful LADY!!! So glad I was able to meet her. She and my Mom had a good time at Village Square. She is free now. Prayers to Sue, Steve & Boots.

Maria Orwig on Apr 28, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy to all of Shirley’s family. She was always caring and friendly. May your memories give you peace and comfort.

Janet Edmonds on Apr 28, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, May fond memories and God’s loving words carry you through and beyond this difficult time of mourning. Isaiah 57:15

Anna Parkinson on Apr 27, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Lori Rumler on Apr 27, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing!! She was such a great gal!!! It’s sad to watch ‘the club’ loose so many members what a reunion they are having in heaven!! Love and hugs to all of you....she will be missed.......

Sharon Long Harkless on Apr 27, 2021

To all of Shirley family. So sorry to hear of Shirley 's passing. She was a one of a kind lovely lady. I have fond memories of her. Always had a smile and a hello for you. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Rick and Tanya Games on Apr 27, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers.

Amy & Paul Yerbic on Apr 27, 2021

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. She always had a smile.

Larry Lawver on Apr 27, 2021

CandleI’m so sad to read of Shirley’s passing, she always so nice to me, praying your memories will give all of you comfort during this time

Thershea Fillingham on Apr 27, 2021

CandleAn amazing lady,she will be missed by many.Prayers for the family.

Thershea Fillingham on Apr 27, 2021

CandleSending prayers for the family, she was a wonderful lady and she will be missed.

Everett Yerbic on Apr 27, 2021

When I was going to school at a young age, this very great lady was always very kind to me no matter what. So sad to here of her passing. Prayers to her and her family. RIP Shirley and you have my prayers today.

Shirley McDowell on Apr 27, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Shirley was a wonderful lady. Rest in peace



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