Colleen R. Shirley, 92, Osage City: Jan. 9, 1932 – March 12, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Colleen R. Shirley, 92, Osage City: Jan. 9, 1932 – March 12, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Colleen R. Shirley, 92, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. Colleen Rae Bolyard was born Jan. 9, 1932, in rural Osage County, Kansas. She was one of 10 children of William and Opal Mary (Skidmore) Bolyard.

Colleen graduated from Osage City High School.

She was joined in marriage to Harry L. “Bud” Shirley, May 23, 1954, in Osage City. To this union, two sons were born, Michael and John.

Colleen had worked in the kitchen at Osage City High School.

Colleen is survived by a son, John (Tracy) Shirley, Barclay, Kan.; siblings, Susie Carlson, Osage City, Nat Persinger, Osage City, Janie (Ted) Chesley, of Idaho, Annie Williamson, Leavenworth, Kan., Billy (Sharyl) Bolyard, Osage City, and Tommy (Sharon) Bolyard, Olathe, Kan.; and three grandchildren.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; a son, Michael L. Shirley; three grandchildren, Ethan, Ashten Christine and Caleb Shirley; two brothers, Mickey and Jimmy Bolyard; and a sister, Mary Jones.

A graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Osage City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gentiva Hospice and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at

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