Shirley Jean Prentice, 83, a long-time resident of Royal, Iowa, passed away Friday Sept. 3, 2021, while in hospice care in Denver, Colorado. Private family services will be held in Colorado on Monday Sept. 13, 2021. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer at a later date.
Shirley was born Sept. 17, 1937 to Waldo and Amy (Torbert) Carlson. She grew up on a farm near Royal and then moved to Spencer where she attended high school. After marrying her husband Bruce, they moved back to the same farm. These years were filled with farm work and raising a family. In her spare time Shirley enjoyed family camping and boating trips. After the kids grew up, Bruce and Shirley moved to Royal in 1979 where she was the bookkeeper for the family business, Prentice Backhoe. As retirement neared, they moved to Maywood in 1997 where she enjoyed the lakes, time with her friends, winters in Texas, playing cards, and an occasional trip to the casino. After her husband passed in 2018, she moved to Colorado to live with family and enjoy her great grandchildren.
Shirley is survived by two sons: Jerry (Tammy) Prentice of Brainerd, MN and Danny (Lea Ann) Prentice of Denver, CO; one daughter, Cindy (Steve) Rondou of Waunakee, WI; 5 grandchildren: Charles (Melissa) Prentice, Stacy (Patrick) Moya, Mathew (Julia) Prentice, Cassie Prentice, and Tristan Rondou; and 7 great grandchildren.