Shirley “Shelley” Dorian

June 30, 1934 ‒ March 29, 2021

Galion, Ohio

Shelley Dorian believed that on a gloomy day, all you needed to do was create your own sunshine. She had a heart of gold and shared so much joy with all those around her.  Shelley never met a stranger and always shared a kind word with those she met. Shirley “Shelley” Dorian, 86, of Galion passed away Monday, March 29, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born June 30, 1934 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was the daughter of Joseph “Roy” and Carmen (Herschberger) Rose.

Shelley worked as a secretary at the former Galion Iron Works in Galion for many years. As a young child she loved to sing and Shelly loved to sing at many events. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed flowers, cooking, baking and was always the life of the party, lighting the room when she walked in.

Shelley is survived by her children, Mark W. (Sharon) Dorian of Cleveland, Diane M. (Mark Haag) Dorian of Simpsonville, Kentucky, Debbie Dorian of Galion and Robert T. Dorian of Clearwater, Florida; five grandchildren, Grant (Kaitlyn) Dorian, Stacie (Chase) Carroll, Luke Dorian, Shawn (Stephanie) Trussell and Erin Trussell and two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Margo Carroll.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her ex-husband and friend, William T. Dorian and two brothers William Rose and Joseph Roy Rose, Jr.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society serving Crawford County in care of the funeral home.

The family wants to thank Grace Hospice of Columbus, Ohio for providing loving care to Shelley for the last 10 months as the team always went above and beyond.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Shelley Dorian, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • To the Dorian family,

    I offer my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I was able to get a glimpse of the type of woman that she was. She was a fighter, she was strong and she loved deeply. Thank you for allowing me to take care of her.

    • Thank you Shayla as you were a very integral part of this journey, not only for Mim but also for me. You always provided top notch care, as well as living support. You will always be our Angel, as well as a part of the Dorian family. Thanks again as we could not have walked this long road without you. God Bless

  • To Deb, Mark, Diane and Bob,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May the Peace of the Lord be with you all as you grieve and find comfort in all the wonderful family memories with her and your dad. They both were such dear sweet people.

    • Thank you for your kind words and all the times you checked up on us; I am eternally grateful. God Bless

  • Mark, Diane. Debbie and Bob,
    Condolences to you and to your families. We have very fond memories of your mother as a beautiful woman and the evening volleyball games she organized in your backyard in the summer. She was full of energy and joy! May your wonderful memories sustain you through these difficult times.

    • Thank you Jenny. Mom sure loved those back yard volleyball games and she always made sure that she had her lipstick on. We all have so many great memories and they will live inside of us forever. God Bless

  • Debbie, Diane, Mark and Bob,
    Sorry to learn of Shelly’s passing.
    She and her family gave us a warm welcome when we bought and moved into the house next door. She made us feel quite welcome.
    Shelly liked to lay out in the sun o warm days, one of the days our cat Clown and their dog Sugar were playing in their back yard and Clown ended up taking over Sugars dog house. Shelly with her quick smile always found good in a day, season, the Labor Day neighborhood picnics.
    I enjoyed our back yard chats. Our daughter was 6 months old when we moved in and had an instant friend,Bob. When we were outside chatting, hanging clothes out. He entertained Cheri’. Shelly encouraged me to ask her girls if we needed a babysitter, Deb and Diane did a great job.
    Shelly was a great friend, teacher and guide for me around Galion.
    Many happy memories.
    Prayers for her family 🙏🙏🙏
    Ron and Arlene

    • Thank you so much Arlene. Mom sure did love the sun and her & Diane would lay out together; I will never figure out why mom had no wrinkles. We remember when you moved in and you were the best neighbor and a fabulous person Arlene. We will all cherish the great memories of our time on Bucyrus Road

  • Debbie I am so sorry about the loss of your MoM. You and her fought a long hard battle. Peace be with you.

  • To the Dorian Family;

    Very sad to read about the passing of your mother. I still laugh to this day some of the funny and crazy things your mom would say and do. Your mom was a great friend, always the first one to help, last one to leave.
    She had a heart of gold, a laugh that could make anyone laugh with her. You guys were blessed to have her.
    May she rest in peace, no more pain…just happiness, in God’s heaven.

    Scott Kinnamon

    • Thank you Scott as you sure knew her well and, even as sh aged, she never changed. There were many great times and we thank you for being a part of her life. God Bless

  • My beautiful aunt Shirley, I will always remember the times we spent together when you would visit us in AZ. We had so much fun, shopping, laughing and cooking but my fondest memories are those of us singing together. We would harmonize and at times breakdown laughing because we couldn’t quite get it right.
    I remember the first song I heard you sing when we visited you in Ohio was Downtown. You had an incredible voice.
    Thank you for the beautiful memories. I’m so happy you are now “free”
    Mark, Diane, Debbie and Bob, my thoughts are with you. You all gave her such love and tenderness. She was lucky to have all of you in her corner.
    You know how much I loved her. I will miss her deeply.

    • Thank you Peenie as Mom loved you every bit as much as you loved her. Thank you for never missing a holiday to call her and to tell you that you loved her. All of us only have those special memories to hold on to so, hold on tightly. We can rejoice that are parents are all together. Love you

  • Many,many fond memories growing up with your family. We all loved Shelley. She could light up a room! My Mom and Shelley would take us swimming and I remember them always laughing together at funny stuff. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Dye kids

    • Thank you Lisa. Our Mother’s were always laughing but, I never knew why. Very fond memories of the summers with your family at the pool and eating lunch; those sure were the good times. Now our Mother’s are together and probably laughing about something. God Bless

  • So sorry for your loss and I hope that your wonderful memories bring you comfort in the coming days. Shelley was a wonderful person.

    • Thank you Vicky. We all have decades that are full of fabulous memories that will be with us forever. God Bless

  • So very sad to see that your mother passed away. She fought a valiant fight. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember the good times with her. May God be with all of you.

    • Thank you Mary as she did fight a long battle but our Lord was ready to bring her home & her suffering has ended. God Bless

  • Debbie, and family,

    I did not have the pleasure of knowing your Mother, She must have been a wonderful mother to have had you and your siblings in her life.
    I am so sorry for your loss, I know it is hard to lose a parent, I lost mine when she was quite young.
    Again my condolences to you and your family.

    • Thank you so much Paula. Mom was one of the kindest people that I ever met & it was a genuine kindness. I really think you would have liked her as she truly did light you a room. We were fortunate to have Mom with us for almost 87 years and I am so sorry that you lost your mother at a young age. God Bless

  • I am saddened to hear of Shellys passing. We were good friends, played bridge and visited thru many years. She was a great friend and Mother and a very caring person.

    • Thank you Joan. You and Mom were great friends and you sure did a lot of laughing together. I am sorry that you never got over to see Mim but, COVID hit and changed everything. Thank you for being a great friend to her. God Bless