Shirley Motsinger

Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home

Shirley Motsinger

El Dorado - Shirley Motsinger, 85, of El Dorado, formerly of Topeka, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2021 at Homestead in El Dorado.

She was born in Atchison, Kansas on November 5, 1935, the daughter of John William and Winnifred Theresa (Conn) Ellyson.

She worked as a Pharmacy Technician for several pharmacies and most recently before her retirement she worked at the Continental Pharmacy.

Shirley enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, embroidery, baking and going to "Club" which was a monthly meeting of her high school friends that met for many years. She was also a Girl Scout Leader and Den Mother and ran day camps for the girl scouts. While she lived in Hiawatha, she was a member of the Sorosis study group.

Shirley was a member of the First Christian Church, and her faith was important to her.

She married Larry Alan Motsinger in Atchison, Kansas on May 5, 1957. He predeceased her on February 19, 2014. She is survived by a son Jay Motsinger and his wife Michelle of Burlingame, Ks, a daughter Susan Holthaus and her husband Fred of El Dorado, Ks, her grandchildren, Mark (Kristi) Holthaus, Megan Holthaus, Jessica Motsinger and Nicholas Motsinger, and her great grandchildren, Andrew, Lucas, Tatum, Ellyson, Marley, Cami and Raivyn, and her sister Connie Enzbrenner of Alma, Kansas.

Funeral services for Shirley were held on Saturday, June 26 at 11:00 A.M. at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home in Topeka, KS. Burial took place at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Atchison, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Topeka Rescue Mission or Interim Hospice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.

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Posted online on July 01, 2021