Shirley Studebaker

March 12, 1942 ‒ June 24, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Shirley Jean Studebaker, age 77, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born March 12, 1942 to parents Denver & Lessie Belle (Reynolds) Haynes in Sissonville, West Virginia and graduated from Sissonville High School. One night in Charleston while getting some food at Shonie’s Drive-In, Shirley met a young man named John Studebaker. She and John were married on December 16, 1960 and together they moved to Ohio and raised two children, Jay and Joy.

Shirley worked at Therm-O-Disc and at the News Journal, but her most important job was creating a loving home for her family. Shirley ministered to others through baking pies for church funeral dinners, taking food to shut-ins, and visiting friends in nursing homes. She was an excellent cook and often took the time to make someone’s favorite flavor of pie when she knew they were coming. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

One of Shirley and John’s favorite pastimes was listening to country music—especially gospel bluegrass. They would travel all over to hear live musicians perform. Shirley could make friends easily and will be remembered for her miraculous memory that could remember even the smallest detail and her friendly personality.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, John Studebaker of Mansfield; son Jay (Lanette) Studebaker; daughter Joy (Steve) Ridenour; grandchildren Lindsey Studebaker, Perry Studebaker, Matthew (Megan) Ridenour, and Caitlyn Ridenour; sister Janice (Keith) Young; and brother Lee (Shirley) Haynes.

In addition to her parents Denver & Belle Haynes, she was preceded in death by siblings Ronald Haynes and an infant brother.

The Studebaker family will receive friends Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Shirley’s life will be held Friday June 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. Rev. Bob Stull will speak and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park in Ontario. Contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church may be made at her service.

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  • So sorry to hear about Shirley ‘s passing I became a good friend of hers at the Senior Center at Ontario at the bluegrass jam. She would even call me and we had the best talks. She will be missed.

  • I an sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was a good friend. She would always think of others before herself . Carrol Ann

  • Our prayers go out to the family at the loss of wife, mother, grandmother. Shirley was often seen at many Crestview celebrations and other activities with her husband John. She will be missed by many in the Crestview community. So sorry for the loss of a dear woman.

  • So sorry to hear of Shirley passing to be with our Lord. She was a great Christian Women and friend to all. Your family is in our prayers.
    Brian, Leslie, Brianna and Dalton DiDio

  • I got to meet her one summer when there basment wall fell and Mark Sigafoos and my self went over that night to shore it up . She was a wounderful lady . Prayers going out Mr Studebaker and family.

  • John, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Shirley. Praying for your family during this time of loss .

  • Dear John and family,

    Our sincerest sympathy on this great loss. Many happy memories of Mr. and Mrs. Studebaker in the Crestview community. Precious memories are there for you to treasure always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.