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Updated: 10/23/2013 02:52:01PM

Shirley G. Heaton

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Shirley G. (nee Evans) Heaton, 88, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Parma Hts., Ohio, and Marietta, Ga., passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, from heart failure.

She was born Aug. 10, 1925.

Friends described her as warm, loving, sharp, strong, and very special. Shirley was a member of Parma South Presbyterian Church, the Greenbrier Theater, New Hope Chapter of Eastern Stars, the American Spaniel Club, the National Court Reports Association and Life Long Learning Institute. She had many volunteer interests and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at both the Theater in the Square’s Premier Club and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. She was employed by Allstate Insurance for over 30 years and worked in subrogation. In her retirement, Shirley worked in the offices of Brentano Reporters.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy; and son-in-law, Mike Brentano of Punta Gorda, Fla.

Her extended family will always remember and very much love their Aunt Sam. Though she had no grandchildren, she became not just an aunt, but a grandmother to the children, Susan and Katie Reising. The passing of Shirley will leave a huge hole in Judy and Mike’s lives. As Mike said, “she was our memory.” She never forgot anything. A fellow friend remarked, “Judy and Mike had a beautiful relationship with Shirley, something to admire and cherish.”

A celebration of life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. A gathering of family and friends will be from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Her family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be sent to, The Harry Chapin Food Bank, 3760 Fowler Street, Ft. Myers, FL 33901, In Memory of Shirley G. Heaton. To light a candle in Shirley’s name please visit

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda Chapel.

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