Shirley Ann Bandy, 82, of Elk Grove, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, was released into eternal peace on Sept. 4, 2019 after a brave nine-month battle with the rare NUT Midline Carcinoma. She was born in Lenna, Okla., on July 10, 1937 to Floyd and Grace Hutchison and moved with her family in 1942 to Ceres, Calif., where she spent the majority of her young life.
Shirley graduated from Ceres High in 1954, attended Modesto Junior College for two years, and transferred to San Jose State. Always athletic and outgoing, Shirley majored in physical education and began her teaching career at Los Gatos High School. She then moved to Sacramento, teaching briefly at Mira Loma High School before meeting Del Bandy and starting another life as a wife and a mother.
As soon as her children had all either entered or completed elementary school, Shirley returned to education and taught physical education and eventually language arts at Joseph Kerr Middle School in Elk Grove until her retirement in 1990.
Throughout her life, Shirley loved music, nature and family. From singing soprano in the church choir to creating a garden paradise at every house she owned, to attending innumerable family performances and sporting events, Shirley shared her huge smile, eternal optimism, boundless energy and bright blue eyes with all who knew her.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 56 years, Del Bandy; sister Edna Harrod of Modesto and brother Jim Hutchison of Clovis; her children, Lynn Smith, Lisa Linehan and Mark (Teresa) Bandy; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren, in whom she took great delight, and who will all live richer lives having known “Grandma Shirley.”
The family will host a celebration of Shirley's life at Evergreen Springs (formerly The Falls Event Center) in Elk Grove on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Elk Grove Food Bank Services at www.elkgrovefoodbank.org.