White Sulphur Springs, Mont.
Shirley Darlene Wicks Johnson passed away Jan. 6, 2014, in White Sulphur Springs, Mont., after her long battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 5, 1939, to Marshall and Edith Wicks at Clearwater, Idaho.
Shirley grew up on a ranch in the small farming community in Pleasant Valley, Idaho. She was the first daughter of Marshall and Edith. She went to school at Pleasant Valley and Stites. She was married to Loren Agee on Sept. 29, 1956, in Oceanside, Calif. Shirley and Loren had four sons. They were later divorced. Shirley married Ramon “Bud” Johnson Aug. 11, 1990, in White Sulphur Springs where they lived until her death.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Bud, who cared for her so lovingly during her illness; her sons, Steven Loren (Nemia) of Jacksonville, Fla., Robert Eldon (Mona) of Kamiah, Idaho, Bradley Scott (Connie) of Lewiston, Idaho, and Brett James of Spokane, Wash.; brothers, Gale Wicks (Sharron), Rex Wicks (Paloma) of Kamiah, Idaho, Dwight Wicks (Leann) of Kooskia, Idaho; sisters, Donna Booth (Bill) of Orofino and Norma Olson of McCall, Idaho; sister-in-law, Gwen Hutchins Wicks of Lewiston; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 18 nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, John Wicks; and nephew, Dustin Wicks.
Shirley owned and operated the Lane Bar in White Sulphur Springs for many years. Shirley loved to garden and her incredibly beautiful house plants reflected her green thumb. She had a great sense of humor and very clever mind. She was an avid reader and did the crossword puzzle daily. She and Bud lived on Newlan Lake Reservoir and there they spent many hours fishing, both summer and winter. She especially liked ice fishing from their ice hut and spending time with Bud. She looked forward to watching bullriding on T.V. Her kids claimed their calls were not received during that time. She enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife and birds in her yard. The other love of her life, besides Bud and her boys, was her sassy little pet cockatiel, Bucky.
Shirley will be forever missed and always in our hearts.
Celebration of Life was held in White Sulphur Springs at the Senior Citizens Center on Monday, Jan. 13.
There will be a memorial service at the Kamiah Community Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Kamiah, Idaho. A potluck dinner will immediately follow the memorial service. Memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to Mt. View Hospital, 16 W Main St., White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645. Visit www.stevensonwilke.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Shirley.
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