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Updated: 07/21/2014 04:09:18PM

Shirley Jean Bua

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Shirley Jean (nee Freberg) Bua of Deep Creek, Fla., passed away Friday, July 18, 2014.

Shirley was born June 7, 1930, in Chicago, Ill.

Her parents moved to Miami, Fla., when she was 5 years old. She was a busy domestic engineer, sewing clothes for her children, even talented enough to make prom dresses. Shirley had an enviable green thumb.

She loved to garden, and her family enjoyed many meals with fresh vegetables she grew. Shirley entertained many people at nursing homes through her association with the Harbour Heights Kitchen Band. She even made her own musical instrument, called The Wiz Bang.

Shirley will be dearly missed by all those who knew her, and by her loving children, Patricia Hansen, Deborah Abraham and Stephen Ahern; she also leaves behind her companion and traveling partner, Thomas Butler.

A remembrance of her life will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Donations can be made in her name to Hospice House in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Shirley may be kindly remembered at

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