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Shirley D. Ludlum

July 12, 1931 — December 10, 2022

Shirley D. Ludlum, age 91, of Moran, Kansas, passed away on December 10, 2022 at the Allen County Hospital, Iola, Kansas.

Shirley was born on July 12, 1931 at Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She was the sixth of eight children born to John Ervin Jackson and Jessie Eva (Hollister) Jackson. Shirley grew up in Medicine Lodge, moving to a farm northwest of Elsmore in 1948. She graduated from Elsmore High School with the class of 1949. Shirley married Joe Dean Ludlum of Elsmore on April 16, 1950 at Savonburg, Kansas. They initially made their home on a farm west of Elsmore before purchasing the farm they lived on for over 40 years. Shirley loved people and had a caregiver's heart, and she found many ways to share her gifts with others, including her jobs. She worked as a clerk for several years at Tippie Store in Elsmore and then at the funeral home in Moran as a visitation attendant for nearly twenty years, she also spent many years as a volunteer for Allen County Hospice.

Shirley was a member of the Elsmore United Methodist Church, Town and Country Women's Club, Azrium Temple Daughters of the Nile, Daughters of the Nile Tri County Shrine Club. While living in Moran she enjoyed attending events at the Moran Senior Center. In her free time, she enjoyed reading and working on crossword puzzles, and playing cards with family and friends. As a young girl Shirley loved playing softball and spent many years coaching softball. She was always up for shopping, especially stopping at garage sales. Nothing was more important than spending time with family. Trips back to Medicine Lodge for the Peace Treaty Pageant will also be cherished memories for those who went with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and four sisters, Calvin Jackson, Fern Jackson, Dean Jackson, Ruth McEndree, Stella Ludlum, and Lila Ludlum.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Jo Ritchie and husband, Glenn, of Savonburg; two grandchildren, Travis Terrell and wife, Jennifer, of Erie, and Jessica Burnett, of Elsmore; two great-grandchildren Wyatt Burnett and Emmylou Terrell; brother, John Jackson of Fort Scott, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Shirley will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 10:30 AM at the Elsmore United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Elsmore Cemetery. Shirley's family will greet friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday evening at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola. Shirley's choice for memorial donations was to be made to her great grandchildren's education fund. Condolences to the family may be left at .
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation with Family Present

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

The Venue - Feuerborn Family Funeral Service

, Iola, KS 66749

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Elsmore United Methodist Church

106 West 4th Street, Elsmore, KS 66732

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