Shirley Mae Prichard, 85, of Van Wert passed away at 10:15 a.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.


She was born on May 21, 1933, in Rockford, Ohio, the daughter of the late Paul and Pearl (McClintock) Highley. On September 26, 1953, she married Lloyd Raymond Prichard who also preceded her in death on March 21, 2016.


Family survivors include her daughter, Sandy K. (Ron) DeVecchio of Van Wert; two sons, Kevin L. Prichard of Ohio City and Kent R. (Jacquie) Prichard of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Mandee (Matt) Slavik, Nic DeVecchio, Jacob York, Spencer Prichard, Jason (Allison) VanTilburg, Kristi McFarlane and Esther (Mike) Driggs; thirteen great grandchildren; a sister, Sharon (Gary) Walls of Mercer; a sister-in-law, Joanne Highley of Celina; and several nieces and nephews.


Shirley was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul W. Highley and a daughter-in-law, Gretta Prichard.


Shirley was a graduate of Rockford High School and retired from Kennedy Manufacturing. She attended LifeHouse in Van Wert. She was a member of the Van Wert Traveling Squares and the American Legion Auxiliary.


Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Braun officiating. Interment will follow at Ohio City Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday 2 - 7 p.m.


Preferred memorials are to the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center or the Family.


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