Shirley Anne Koontz of Trenton, FL passed away January 24, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Koontz was born June 8, 1934 in Seat Pleasant, MD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Koontz in 2010.
She is survived by sons, Jerry M. Koontz and Robin M. Koontz; daughters, Terri L. Cohen, Kathy A. Koontz; sister, Barbara E. Rueth; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be at 12:00 noon and Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Chapel in the Meadows at Forest Meadows Central, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville. Visitation will be one hour prior.
To: The Koontz Family.I am sorry for your lost.May your love for Shirley and the many loving memories she shared with you, may they bring you comfort to endure the days ahead.
You are already missed. I am glad for all the great memories that were created every time we got together. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers and we know that you are with your beloved Jerry and we will love you both forever.
With all our love.
Terri and Howard
My Aunt Shirley, was not only an aunt, but I was named after her. I will be forever know in my family as little Shirley! She was a wonderful person, and I have great memories of her and my childhood. My Aunt Shirley, Aunt Blanch and my mother, Bobbie, always had a car load or a house full of cousins at all times, doing something together. Since hearing of her death, my mind has had a constant running like and old movie of all our adventures! In my adult life she was always a constant also, the godmother to my oldest daughter Jessica, she was full of life and never shy of telling you her opinion. My last memory of her was this past July, sitting on my mom’s couch talking and laughing, while my 3 year old granddaughter, Priya keep hitting her life alert button. My mom and I were freaking out and wanted to put up, Aunt Shirley just laughed and said something to colorful for this page. Family you can guess! 🙂 I am going to miss her, and I am so thankful to have had her in my life and thankful for all the memories that are stored in this old movie projector of my brain that I can tap into when needed. I know that our God has welcomed her with open arms and I pray that she will look down on us with love and maybe say something colorful to us that will make us smile
My prayers are with you.
I found this poem for Mom — she would want us to know she is at peace and for us to be happy:
I’ll Be Waiting for You
Although your heart may be broken,
There’s no need to weep for me.
I’m in a wonderful place now,
Where I’m happy and so carefree.
I had to go, but I’ve left behind
Good memories to comfort you.
Concentrate on the best times we had,
And try not to feel so blue.
This is one of my favorite hymns and whenever I hear it I think of my mom and her love for flowers and gardens.
I’m hoping you will enjoy Anne Murray’s version of “In the Garden”.