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Obituary for Shirley L. Brethower

Our mother, Shirley Brethower, of Colby, Kansas, and formerly of Bird City, Kansas died October 31, 2023, she was 90.

She was born December 11, 1932, in Bird City, Kansas to Roy and Leone Kite. She graduated from Bird City High School in 1951, where she met Leon Brethower. On September 2, 1951, she married Leon Brethower. They lived on a farm near Bird City and had three children, Janice, Marlin and Phil, all who went to school in Bird City/McDonald school system. She and Leon traveled to AZ as winter visitors for a few seasons before they sold the farmstead and moved to Colby, KS. Shirley lost Leon five years ago, after having been married for 67 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, (Beverley Kite). Shirley is survived by her children, Janice (Frank), Marlin, Phil (Michele), and grandchildren, Morgan, Ryan, and Cristin.

Shirley was a loving, caring mom who grew to love the farm lifestyle. She participated in community social clubs and church committees. Her hobbies included genealogy, reading, cooking, and sewing projects, and even until just a short time ago, loved technology and could navigate her computer really well.

Shirley enjoyed a long life with family and friends, and she will truly be missed.

Memorial donations can be given to Prairie Senior Living in Colby, Kansas. For information or condolences visit