Shirley V. Smith

Shirley V. Smith

June 3, 1954 – June 3, 2022

Shirley was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on June 3, 1954 to Tom and Earla Trigg.  In 1966 her family moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated from Westside High School in 1972.  She enjoyed a wonderful childhood with big brother Tod and little sister Vicky.  Shirley attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to earn a degree in education.  During her time in university, she took a period off to care for her father before completing her degree in 1979.  She then worked as a math teacher for Omaha Public Schools from 1979 to 1982 before returning to university to pursue her lifelong career in Electrical Engineering.  She completed her BS in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and MS in Electrical Engineering in 1987.

After graduation Shirley began her career at Bell Labs in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She designed computer chips for the Telecommunications and Storage Industries.  The design group she worked in changed ownership several times over her working career—to Lucent, Agere Systems, LSI, and then Intel.  She enjoyed working alongside talented engineers and forged lifelong relationships.  She always met her work with rigor and determination, and proved to be a brilliant engineer, leader, and mentor throughout her career.  In 2014, she retired to Omaha, Nebraska to spend time with family and friends.

While at UNL, Shirley met Tom in an art history class in 1978.  After a whirlwind romance, they married on May 19, 1979, in front of family and friends.  They both came to a lifesaving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ midway through their marriage.  They loved reading the Bible together, praying together, and praising God for all He has done for them and the world through His Son.  As Shirley and Tom grew together in Christ, they faithfully served others and were consistently there for their family, friends, and neighbors.  The two pursued a Christ-centered marriage, celebrating many joyous moments for 43 years.

Shirley’s favorite Bible verse was 1 John 3:1-2:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

Another verse she drew strength from was 2 Corinthians 2:14:

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Together, Tom and Shirley had two wonderful sons, Ryan born in 1984, and Sean born in 1990.  Shirley worked tirelessly as a mom to provide a tremendous life for her boys.  They never knew a day that she did not show her love for them.  Shirley welcomed her wonderful daughter-in-law, Kasi, into the family in 2014, and shortly after was blessed with the addition of four grandchildren: Thomas, Zachary, Genevieve, and William.

Shirley enjoyed gardening, cooking, cycling, and spending time with her family, friends, and the Lord.  She loved bringing her family together, displaying the hospitality of the Lord.  God blessed Shirley throughout her life; she stewarded her blessings wisely.  She loved her entire family including her siblings Tod and Vicky, brother-in-law Tim, cousin Christine, all her nieces and nephews; all Tom’s family members, her best friend Jerri, all her friends in Bible study, all the people she worked with back in Allentown, including JC, John and Mike, friends and neighbors.  Shirley was blessed and thankful to be able share life with all of you.

Shirley loved the Lord and zealously sought a meaningful relationship with Him.  She was a wonderful woman of God, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend in her earthly life and will be dearly missed.  She would encourage you all to believe in Jesus and keep His commands to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.  Thank You, Lord, for Shirley!  You were her God and she was one of Your people.  We know she is with You and we will see her again.  Hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!

VISITATION: Sunday, June 12th from 11am to 1pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by SERVICES and Time of Sharing.  Memorials will be directed by the family to Christian Ministries.



  • Doug Wilson Posted June 5, 2022 8:23 am

    My very good friend Tod Trigg was very close to his sister Shirley, and her husband Tom a relationship to be envied. My condolences

  • John Russo Posted June 5, 2022 7:57 pm

    Our heartfelt sympathies from all of Shirley’s friends and coworkers in Allentown, PA.

  • Lynne and Victor Daniels Posted June 6, 2022 4:03 am

    Our hearts go out to Tom, Ryan and Sean.

  • The Ford Family Posted June 7, 2022 10:13 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you Ryan, and your family at this sad time. May your many happy memories of your Mom be a blessing to all of you.

  • Alan Smoak Posted June 7, 2022 11:11 am

    Tom, I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray from you and your family to have strength during this difficult time.

  • Michael Smith Posted June 8, 2022 6:20 am

    A beautiful tribute to a truly faithful follower of Christ,

  • Thom and Cindy Dean Posted June 8, 2022 7:43 am

    We were so nlessdd to have Shirley as a friend. She will be missed so very much. May God give you comfort.

  • Cindy and thom dean Posted June 8, 2022 7:44 am

    We were so BLESSED

  • Phany chy Posted June 8, 2022 9:55 am

    We’re so sorry for your loss

  • Nancy Jo Wackerhagen Posted June 8, 2022 10:04 am

    On behalf of our entire family (Bertagni’s), we send our deepest condolences to all of Shirley’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gregg Coons Posted June 8, 2022 10:42 am

    What a marriage. What a faith-filled, Christ-centered relationship. Such an example. And that lamp still shines, Tom. Love you.

  • Ron Brauchle Posted June 8, 2022 2:20 pm

    My deepest condolences on Shirley’s passing. I worked with her while at Bell Labs, Lucent, and Agere. She was a joy to work with.

  • Bruce and Ann Wlazelek Posted June 8, 2022 5:48 pm

    Dear Tom and boys, I am so sad to learn of Shirley’s passing. I was also born in 1954 and while I did not know her well, I always thought she looked so young and vibrant. I never knew she was such a math whiz and computer chip designer!! WOW! May you all have the best of memories to comfort you and know that her love for all of you lives on.

  • Pat Longshore Posted June 9, 2022 2:08 pm

    Tom, you have my sympathy on the loss of your dear wife. May God’s peace be with you and your family.

  • Mike Brown Posted June 11, 2022 2:09 pm

    Tom, Ryan and Sean,
    My deepest sympathy on your loss.
    Shirley was a dear friend for many, many years. Through many transitions at Bell Labs, Lucent, Agere and LSI she was always a valued part of our team. I recall the last time I saw Shirley during RAGBRAI, 2015.
    May all of your memories of her bring you comfort during this time of sadness.

  • Phillip and Joan Liescheski Posted June 11, 2022 2:10 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. May Shirley be basking in the light of the loving and shining face of Jesus.
    Our love and prayers are with you all.

  • Kari Boyce Posted June 12, 2022 4:39 pm

    Tom, Ryan and Sean, my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved wife and mother.

  • Sandhya Kashyap Posted June 12, 2022 7:17 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Shirley for many years in Allentown. My deepest sympathies. May her memories bring comfort to you all.

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