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Born: December 9, 1921

Place of Birth: Fairview, WY USA

Death: December 4, 2011

Place of Death: Idaho Falls, ID USA

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Coltrin Mortuary
Idaho Falls, ID

Shirley Tolman Black

December 9, 1921  -  December 4, 2011
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Shirley Tolman Black, 89 of Idaho Falls, formerly of Nampa, died Sunday, December 4, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Idaho Falls.

Shirley was born December 9, 1921, in Fairview, Wyoming, to Mondell and Muriel Bagley Tolman. She had two sisters, Eloise and Audrey. Just before she turned three, her mother died. A few years later, her father married Bertha Mae Wilbur giving her a step-brother. She later received 4 half sisters and one half-brother: Emily Jane, Delna Rae, Melva Dawn, Harold Wesley and Charlene.

In March of 1937, Shirley married Sterley Smout. Five children were born to this union: Monte Smout (deceased); Edwin Smout of Polson, Montana; Shirley Anne Woodhouse of Idaho Falls; Ina Jensen of Lewiston, Utah; and Joyce Smout of Preston, Idaho. She has 22 grandchildren (two of whom are deceased), 53 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

In 1959, Shirley graduated with an LPN (licensed practical nurse) degree from the LDS School of Nursing in Idaho Falls. She worked as a nurse both in Idaho Falls and Nampa. She worked at the Nampa State School from 1960 until she retired in 1977.

In 1961, Shirley and Sterley divorced. She later married Paul Black and they lived in Nampa, Idaho; Polson, Montana; Burlington, Washington; and Idaho Falls. Paul passed away in January 2001 in Nampa. After that time, Shirley moved back to Idaho Falls and lived with her daughter, Shirley Anne, and her family.

Shirley wrote poetry and painted many pictures. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed taking care of their Grandma and she enjoyed having them come to visit and celebrate birthdays and holidays with her.

On October 31, 2010, Shirley had a stroke and didn’t respond to talking very well. She had to have someone feed her and hold her water so she could drink. After 10 days, she rallied and seemed to be just like she had been before the episode, except her memory wasn’t very good. On Christmas Eve 2010, she had another episode that lasted about 3 days. Then she came out of it but her memory was even less accurate.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2011, at the Idaho Falls LDS North Stake Center, 955 Memorial Drive, with Bishop Greg Poulter officiating. The family will visit with friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho.

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