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In Memory of

Shirley A. Whyman

February 1, 1934 - May 12, 2017

Obituary


Friday, May 12, 2017, SHIRLEY ANN (DRUMM) WHYMAN passed away to be with her loving husband after a very brief battle with end stage COPD. Shirley was born on February 1, 1934 in Prattsburgh, NY to G. Merlin Drumm and Thelma (Pitman) Drumm. She attended Prattsburgh Central School and graduated in 1951. She then attended RIT in Rochester, NY for one year for interior design, after which she married the love of her life, Richard Whyman of Canandaigua, NY. Shirley and Dick had 3 children: Cynthia (William) Stollery, Gary Whyman and Suzanne (Lawrence) Meyer. Between...

Friday, May 12, 2017, SHIRLEY ANN (DRUMM) WHYMAN passed away to be with her loving husband after a very brief battle with end stage COPD. Shirley was born on February 1, 1934 in Prattsburgh, NY to G. Merlin Drumm and Thelma (Pitman) Drumm. She attended Prattsburgh Central School and graduated in 1951. She then attended RIT in Rochester, NY for one year for interior design, after which she married the love of her life, Richard Whyman of Canandaigua, NY. Shirley and Dick had 3 children: Cynthia (William) Stollery, Gary Whyman and Suzanne (Lawrence) Meyer. Between these three children, she was blessed with five grandchildren: Mark Stollery, Jennifer Stollery, Erin Whyman, Amy Meyer and Lori Meyer and one great grandchild, Violet Stollery. She is also survived by her half-brothers, David and Richard Drumm and nephews Jason Drumm, Christopher Drumm and Timothy Drumm.

Shirley loved to sing and was a long time member of the Penn Yan Community Chorus, the Prattsburgh Presbyterian Church Choir and the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church Choir. She and husband, Richard were also avid round and square dancers with the Penn Yan Friendship Squares. In their later years, Shirley and her husband became round and square dance teachers. Shirley loved cooking, gardening, hiking and decorating her home.. She also loved her family and friends unconditionally.

She is best known for her God given ability to cheer, encourage, sympathize and congratulate people with letters, notes and cards, most of which were liberally filled with confetti. Shirley had a keen, dry wit to which everyone responded and loved.

Calling hours for Shirley will be held in the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church, 211 Main St., Penn Yan, NY at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th with a Service of Celebration immediately following at 2:00 p.m., also in the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church, PO Box 639, Penn Yan, NY 14527.