Shirley Jane (Christensen) Runnels
November 16, 1946 – December 5, 2020
Shirley Jane (Christensen) Runnels was born November 16, 1946 in Spencer Iowa to Marian Eileen (Nielsen) Christensen and Milton Knud Christensen. She grew up on a farm near Royal Iowa where she enjoyed swimming in the tank and riding her horse Diamond.
She was married in 1964 to Jules Alvey Purvis and to this union were born Kelly Knud, Jamie Rose and Aaron Isaac. In 1982 she married Dick (Richard) Ross Runnels in Omaha Nebraska.
For many years she was a professional photographer in Peoria, Illinois and won many awards for her work. Later in life she worked in Omaha Nebraska for Midwest Photo and Renze where she sold displays to businesses and non-profits all over the midwest. She loved her work and always gave it her all, usually arriving by 6:00 a.m. ready to go.
In retirement she enjoyed her great passion for gardening and spent many hours pruning and beautifying her yard with her husband, turning it into a garden of Eden in the heart of Omaha. A favorite activity of friends and family was just sitting on their deck enjoying the peacefulness that they created together. Another great love of hers was her little dog Mollie Rose that her daughter Jamie gave to her. Mollie was the boss and kept Shirley very busy with her demands. Shirley loved all of her family very much and was the big sister and mother figure to all her younger siblings.
Shirley passed away at home on December 5, 2020. Left to always cherish her memory are her husband, Dick; daughter, Jamie Lewis (Doug Bourn); brothers, Chris Christensen and Larry (Valerie) Christensen; sisters, Sharon (Tony) Joy and Terri (Brian) Minock; step-children: Richard Runnels, Mitzi (Bob) Micek, and Desiree Friedrich, as well as many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents, Marian and Milton; son, Kelly Purvis; and sisters Carol Christensen and Julie Schricker.
Private graveside service on Thursday, December 10, 1pm at Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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