Shirley Jerome McKee

Shirley Jerome McKee, of Holly and recently Fennville, died on Oct. 3, 2017.

Born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Shores, Shirley remained a life long member of Tau Beta and served as her class secretary for University/Liggett School.

After a stint as a legal secretary and stenographer, Shirley married, moved to Bloomfield Hills and had two sons, Billy Underdown (David Geen) of Douglas and Gibby Underdown (Lesley Wood) of Boyne City.

Shireley was an avid volunteer, including Junior League, Pilgrim’s Project, Nurses Aid, and United Way. She married her true love, Brent P. McKee, and the two enjoyed a full life together in Suburban Chicago.

After Brent’s death, Shirley moved back to Michigan to be closer to family, including three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren on four acres in Holly. A devoted and loving mother with a great sense of humor, she was a devotee of classic films, Matt Dillon, singing a ditty or two and the wisdom of “Opie Taylor.”

Shirley will continue to inspire our smiles and remain a guiding light in our lives.

A donation in her name for the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and The Saugatuck Douglas History Center Internship Funds would be appreciated.


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