01/08/2018 - Shirley Sefrna Lindholm
Funeral services for Shirley McWilliams Sefrna Lindholm, age 94, of Crawford, NE will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Crawford, NE with Pastor Tim McCrarry officiating.
Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday on January 9, 2018 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established for the Crawford Rescue Unit. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Shirley passed away on January 2, 2018 at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, NE. She was born on May 15, 1923 in Alpena, SD. She was the third child born to George Everett McWilliams and Fannie Alice Lund. Her favorite activities in her teenage years during the depression were concerts, swimming, long walks, hiking, softball, and skating at the roller rink. Her favorite season was Christmas, her favorite color was pink, and her favorite flowers were roses and pansies.
During her teens, she worked as a lifeguard at the city pool, at the Huron, SD, hospital as a clerk, and she also cared for an elderly lady in her home. She met her first husband, Raymond Joseph Sefrna, through a mutual friend. She was 17, and he was 20. He said he fell in love with her on their first date. They were married on December 19, 1942 in Montgomery, AL.
In the early 70s, Shirley and her husband Ray were house parents in Lincoln, NE at a home for troubled teenage girls. Decades later many of the girls kept in touch with her and Ray and called them “Mr. and Mrs.” Shirley had many fond memories from that time.
Their only child, Cherrylee Sefrna Bradt, was born on January 6, 1946. She was truly the light of their life. Shirley remembered her as being such a good child, respectful, smart and beautiful. She was always proud of her daughter’s achievements and her kind heart and soul. Her only granddaughter, Jaci Watson, was born on September 22, 1967. Shirley remembered her as being so beautiful, intelligent, strong-willed and precious. Jaci spent many wonderful summers with her grandparents and has many fond memories of them. Shirley’s only great-grandchild was born on 10-12-2002, Matthew Ryan Watson. Matthew is a “blessing to the family and so cherished and loved.”
Shirley married her second husband, Vern Lindholm, in 1996 in Keystone, SD. After Vern’s passing in 2000, Shirley maintained her residence in Crawford, tending to her lawn and flower gardens until the time she moved to Ponderosa Villa in 2015.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harley (Fid) McWilliams, sister Phyllis (Karl) Gaulke, husbands Raymond (his sisters and brother) and Vern, and special friend LaVerne Norman.
She is survived by daughter Cherrylee (Jack) Bradt of Keystone, SD, granddaughter Jaci Watson and great-grandson Matthew Watson of Sedona, AZ, sister JoAnn Norman of Whitney, NE, step-daughter Karen (Jeff) Stump of Lincoln, NE, and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Shirley’s wish for family and loved ones was to remember, “When I am no longer on the Earth, my deep enduring love for you will be with you for all eternity.”
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Shirley McWilliams Sefrna Lindholm.
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