Shirley Jean DeBruyne
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Shirley Jean DeBruyne
  • June 10, 1924 - November 20, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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Shirley Jean DeBruyne (Downing) passed away November 20, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona where she had lived the past four years. Shirley was born June 10, 1924 in Rock Island, Illinois to Pearl and James Downing. She married Julius "Caesar" DeBruyne and spent 57 years in marriage. Her husband predeceased her in 2000.
Shirley is survived by two children: JoAnn DeSchinckel (Alan) of Rock Island; and Roberta "Bobbe" McCallister (Ward) residing in Phoenix, Arizona. She also leaves behind three grandchildren: Jim DeSchinckel, Cary McCallister and Carly McCallister. There is also one great grandchild, Theo DeSchinckel.
Shirley dedicated much of her life to the American Legion Auxiliary Post #246 in Moline, Illinois as well as supporting the activities of the Post where her husband was also active and a lifetime member. She was also an active parishioner St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Elizabeth's of Hungry Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida, where she and her husband resided for many years. However, her life was defined by being a dedicated and committed Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Mass and Memorial service at St. Pius and the Rock Island National Cemetery will be deferred to the spring of 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or St. Pius X Catholic Church.