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Willadene (Greer) Short, 88, of Kirklin, was called to her heavenly home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, July 16, 2021. She was born on Feb. 19, 1933, to the late Robert and Edna (Murray) Greer in Winchester, Kentucky. Willadene worked for Briggs in Flora for 28 years before retiring in 1998. She handled all quality control for the company. She was a woman of faith and would share the word of God to everyone. She was a member of the Hedrick Assembly of God in Hedrick, Indiana, and later when she moved to Kirklin, she began attending Kirklin Assembly of God. She looked forward to attending bible study, and she would sometimes bring along new people. Willadene would collect change and fill containers with change. When it was time to turn the change in, she would always try to guess how much she had collected. She liked working her puzzles and playing computer games, but she looked forward to and enjoyed playing Nintendo games with her three youngest grandchildren. What they did not know is that she would warm up before they got there.
Willadene taught her family a lot of values that could be passed down through generations of her family, but the one value that was most important to her that she passed on to her family was her faith in Jesus Christ. She leaves behind her beautiful family six children, Edna Mae Halsema of Linden, Gary Allen Short of Camden, Sharon Lynn Short of Camden, Janie Leann (John Rieken) Snodgrass of Flora, Janet K. (Jerry) Barker of Sheridan, and Judy (Gary) Owens of Kirklin. She was a loving grandmother to her 21 grandchildren, great-grandmother to 51 great grandchildren, and a proud great-great-grandmother to eight. She also leaves behind her two sisters, Pauline Phelps and Rose Long, along with her three brothers, Bobby Greer, Louis Greer and George Greer. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Allen Short. The two of them were married on Aug. 5, 1949, and they spent 49 years at each other's side until his passing on Nov. 17, 1998. She is also preceded in death by her grandson, John Wayne Rieken; her two great-granddaughters, Gabrielle Short and Mallory Weaver; her brother, Carl Greer; a sister, Janie Wirth; daughter-in-law, Donna Short; and son-in-law, Harry Halsema.
Willadene's services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at North Fields Church located at 1478 State Road 38 Sheridan, IN 46069, where family and friends are invited to gather from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow service at Burlington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SouthernCare Hospice, 2312 S. Dixon Rd. Suite 200, Kokomo, IN 46902; Freedom Church 1361 Christian Ave. Noblesville, Indiana 46060; or Christ Tabernacle 1602 W. 226th St. Sheridan, Indiana 46069.
Willadene's family would like to thank SoutherCare Hospice, especially Janie and Nurse Jera Mullett for the care they gave their mother.
Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook, leave a condolence, or share a memory at fisherfunerals.com.
Willadene's service can viewed live on Facebook at Fisher Family Funeral Services.
Published in The Times on Jul. 20, 2021.
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