Shirley Ann was born in Canton on July 14, 1937, a daughter of the late Paul Job and Jennie V. (Champney) Freeman. She was a 1955 graduate of Canton High School.
In addition to her dedicated care of family and home, Shirley enjoyed her work at Canton’s Canford Manufacturing since the company’s beginning until she retired in 1996. On Aug. 18, 1984 Shirley married Dale W. Thomas in Mansfield. They were blessed with 30 years together before his passing on Dec. 14, 2014. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and a former member of Canton’s Woman of the Moose Lodge 981. Shirley will be remembered as a loving, kind person with a great sense of humor. She also possessed a strong will and always “told it as she saw it”. Shirley especially enjoyed times spent on Armenia Mountain taking drives with Dale, baking cookies with her grandchildren, Lifetime TV movies and word puzzles.