Shirley Ann Witten

August 26, 1936 ‒ March 24, 2021

Centerburg, Ohio

Shirley Ann Witten, 84, of Centerburg went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving son and daughter. She was born on August 26, 1936 in Mt. Vernon to the late Otto and Deema (Rinehart) Cramer.

Shirley loved her family fiercely, she was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. She leaves behind a legacy of determination, love and laughter.

She retired from Liebert Corporation as a purchasing agent in Columbus to pursue her love of travel and good times with her family and friends.
Shirley is survived by her son James (Teresa) Witten, Brenham, Tx.; her daughter Gina (Bryan) Grosscup, Gambier; Grandchildren Nick (Britany) Grosscup, Luke Grosscup, James (Katie) Witten, Jon Witten; Great Grandchildren Judson, Ruby, Zane and Zaida.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband James.

The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of a memorial service celebrating the life of Shirley Witten at 11 am on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon.  Following the service, Shirley will be laid to rest beside her husband, James in Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg.

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  • Gina and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your momma. She was a amazing person and loved you all so much. You all r in my thoughts and prayers

  • I am so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. We had many good laughs, chats and taking strolls down memory lane together. Her love for her family was made known to all who met her. She was truly one of a kind and she will be missed by all who knew her.

  • So very sorry for your loss, she was such a sweet lady. Prayers of comfort for you all.

    Jeri Fling Moreland

  • Jim and Gina, so very sorry for your loss. I have many memories of your mother , prayers to you and your families

  • Gina, Jim and families,

    I’m so sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady. She always had a smile and a good word to say. May your fond memories help you through this time.


  • Jim and Gina, you know how much we all loved your Mama. I was glad she called me friend. I pray God’s grace will see you through this time of grief. Love you both.

  • Shirley the “cool mom” always loved time with The Witten Family. Will forever cherish the road trip to Florida with the family. I learned quick what gas station stops meant and cherished the liberties your mom entrusted in us! I recall conversations with her in later years when she would recall things that I figured she didn’t know about. Hold all your memories tight as you have another angel♥️ Heartfelt condolences to all of you.

  • A friend from the fourth grade of school to
    Our life time. So many wonderful memories of
    70 plus years. May her sense of fun continue.
    Love, Deana and Jim Mitchell

  • Jim and Gina, So sorry for your loss, your mother was a very great lady, always enjoyed talking with her laughing and a few jokes of course, She will be truly missed.

  • So sorry to hear about Shirley. We had so much fun with her and Lyman showing cars and going to watch Lymans daughter barrel racing. She always was a fun character!

  • Jim, Gina and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful Shirley. As I was introduced to Shirley in my early teens I remember an adult that was interested in us as young people and was willing to have fun with us. That certainly continued through the years although with less interactions. Praying for your comfort as you look back on your many wonderful memories.

  • Dearest Jimmy, Gina and families.
    I want to extend my deepest and loving sympathies to all of you in the great loss of Shirley. Words cannot express or describe the loving and kind person she was. I will miss her. My prayers to all of you during your bereavement.
    Love from Annie and Mike Parham

  • Our prayers are with you all in the loss of your loved one. Shirley will always be remembered for her smile and enjoying laughter over old times and how great Mt. Liberty always seems to hang together over the years. She will surely be missed by many.

  • We remember Shirley so fondly and recall how much fun she was to be around. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Gina & Jim’
    I am truly sadden at the loss of your mother and my friend.
    From the time we met, she was my friend, confident and partner
    in crime. I will always remember the good times we had together.
    My dad also shares in the loss of “Frisky” his pet name for here.
    You are in my prayers.
    Judy Mackey

  • Jim and Gina and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was always a happy go lucky and a fun loving lady. I pray for God to comfort you all in this time of loss.

  • RIP you are one of a kind,going to miss the good times here with my late wife Nickie we had sooo much fun down here with you and Lyman every winter you all came down here.RIP and tell Nickie I love her up in Heaven.

  • I am so sorry and saddened to hear about Shirley. We shared so many fun times together traveling, going to car shows, and playing euchre. She was always ready for a good time and will be dearly missed. May Jim, Gina, and the family all find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories they shared with her. God bless.

  • Dear Jim, Theresa, & Gina,
    I am just seeing this. Wish I could be there to hug old friends during this sad time. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love to you all. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Shirley was such a kind, caring and fun loving person. If you didn’t see her for months, you always picked right back up where you left off the last time you saw her. Shirley was Bob’s neighbor on Route 3 when they were in school. She was such a good soul and will be missed by many.
    God bless her and her family 🙏🏻

  • We want to extend our deepest sympathy to Shirley’s family and close friends. May she rest in peace.