Shirley Louise Crowley was born June 16, 1924, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, the daughter of Earle and Cora (Langerock) Crowley. Shirley attended school in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1942.
During her last years of high school, Shirley worked as the cashier at the Royal Theater in Le Mars. The manager of the theater was drafted into the military and Shirley was named manager of the Royal and Pix Theaters by the owners.
In 1946, upon leaving the theaters, Shirley accepted a receptionist position with Dr. Bowers, Burroughs, and Bowers in Sioux City.
Shirley was united in marriage to Elmer Asseln July 19, 1947, at the St. James Catholic Church rectory. Shirley and Elmer farmed near Craig, until retirement. During their retirement they continued to live on an acreage near Craig.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Elmer, of rural Ireton; two children, Carol Ping of Maple Grove, Minn., and Keith Asseln, of rural Craig; a grandson, Ryan Ping of Maple Grove, Minn.; three siblings: Orville Crowley and his wife, Becky of Cumming, Gail Hemphill of Tacoma, Wash., and Janice Heissel of Storm Lake; in-laws: Dorothy Crowley of Le Mars, Jane Crowley of Shenandoah, Kathleen and Ken Cronin of Le Mars, and Shirley and Ray Ludwig of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earle and Cora (Langerock) Crowley; a daughter-in-law, Becky Asseln in 2002; a son-in-law, Roger Ping in 2001; and two brothers, Wayne and Earle Crowley.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Interment will at St. John Cemetery, Craig. Visitations with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service Sunday evening at the funeral home. Visitations will continue Monday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Bob Asseln, Dick Asseln, Randy Asseln, Mark Crowley, David Crowley, Rick Ludwig, Scott Cronin, and Dan Heissel.
Expressions of sympathy can be directed to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.