Shirley Panther | Obituaries | Cumberland Times News


Shirley Delores (Beals) Panther, 92, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2022 at Cherry Hill Assisted Living in Accident. She was born on April 19, 1930 in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania to the late Roy and Lelia (Taylor) Beals.
After graduating from Meyersdale High School, Shirley moved to Washington, DC to work as a secretary for the FBI. During this time, she met her future husband, Jim, whom she married on April 21, 1956. Jim’s naval career allowed them to live in various parts of the United States. After retiring from the military, they returned east to be closer to their family and raise their three sons.
Shirley was a devoted member and faithful servant of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. She has volunteered for several organizations and was Past President of the Civic Club and the Catholic Daughters of America. As a member of the Garrett Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, she was instrumental in opening the hospital’s first gift shop. She volunteered her time to any organization in need, including State Parks, Cub Scouts, and the Elections Committee. She was also an auxiliary member of the American Legion Proctor Kildow Post 71 and the Oakland Elks Lodge.
Family and friends were everything to Shirley. Whether it was cooking a delicious meal, loving her grandchildren, or caring for anyone in need, Shirley was always there selflessly. She never missed an opportunity to spend time or help one of her four sisters and their families. Other highlights of his life include traveling in the United States and abroad and playing in his weekly card clubs.
Shirley is survived by three sons, Tom Panther and his wife, Darla, of Swanton, Ed Panther and his wife, Dawn, of Oakland, and Tim Panther and his wife, Tammy, of Middletown; sister, Jean Keister, of Woodstock; sister-in-law, Sister Terri Panther, of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jenny Bishoff and her husband, Josh, of Oakland, Nathaniel Panther and his wife, Robin, of Savannah, Georgia, Bryan Panther and his wife, Laurie, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, Chad Panther and Jessie Railey, of Accident, Jack Panther and wife, Sydney, of Frederick, and Ben Panther and wife, Heidi, of New York, NY; great-grandchildren, Sophie, Lauryn and Carter Bishoff, Grayson and Olivia Panther, Findlay and Everleigh Panther, Bode and Kolbe Panther.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband, Jim, on May 3, 1992; sisters, Iona Mimna, Jane Boddicker and Louise Beals; and his dear friend, Lucy Shorb.
Friends will be received at C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, PA, 21 N. 2nd St., Oakland, on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. and Friday, November 18, 2022 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. , at the funeral home; followed by a Christian Burial Mass at St. Peter the Apostle, 208 S 4th St., Oakland, Friday, November 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Tom Gills as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Garrett County Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank Crystal and the staff at Cherry Hill for the wonderful care provided to Shirley over the past eight years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to House of Hope, PO Box 24, Oakland, MD 21550.
C&S Fredlock Funeral Home is honored to care for the Panther family


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