Shirley Ann Ireland, 81, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2017, at Intermountain Hospital in St. George, Utah. She was loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed.
Shirley was born in Portland, Oregon on Nov. 26, 1935, to Gladys and Thomas Garver. She was raised by her Grandma and Grandpa Blakely till she was a young teen and went to Catholic boarding school. She then reunited with her mother and little sister Karen in Wilmington, Calif. When she was 17, she met her first husband and moved to Hawaii to live for three years, had her first child Jeane’e and then moved back to Wilmington, Calif. She then had her three boys, Keoni, Michael and Stacy.
Many years later, Shirley married George Ireland (Papa). They were married over 24 years. They moved to Page in 1994 where Papa passed away in 2005.
Years later, she then met her partner in crime, Capt. Dan Finucane, were she spent the last 10 years with him in Big Water, Utah.
Shirley was a seamstress and she sewed all Jeane’e and Keoni’s Polynesian dance costumes, her granddaughters’ birthday dresses with Cabbage Patch matching dresses and Barbie doll clothes. She loved sewing and was excellent at it.
Preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Garver; Father, Thomas Garver; sisters, Carol Garver and Karen Ellis; husbands, John Sabal and George Ireland; her children, Michael Sabal and Stacy Sabal; and her daughter in law, Gloria Sabal, where she has been reunited on the other side.
She is survived by her sister, Shelly Garver-Smith; children, Jeane’e Sabal-Green (Clint Green) and Keoni Sabal (Gloria Sabal deceased); grandchildren, Kekawa Galinato (Lisa), Mahialani Sabal-Gonzalez (Carlos), Keali’i Sabal, Kawika Sabal, Tonnie Orona-Church, Anthony Keoni Sabal and Eric Michael Green (Melissa); great grandchildren, Brittney Lopez, Isaiah Galinato, Ka’lani Galinato, Gloria Sabal, Kiana Sabal, Makayla Gonzalez, Jason Nichols, Lulu Sabal, Sophie Green and Lily Green; and all her cousins, nieces and nephews and friends. We all deeply miss you mama.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday May 6, 2017, at St David’s Episcopal Church. All are welcome to attend.