Life Tribute – Shirley Mae (Horton) Yuede

Shirley Mae (Horton) Yuede

Shirley Mae (Horton) Yuede, who was a resident of Susanville, prior to moving to the Midwest, passed away at 89 Monday, July 20, 2020. She was born Aug. 31, 1931 to Leila and Ben Horton. She grew up among the orange groves in Covina, California. Throughout her life, Shirley lived in the high desert of the Mojave, Apple Valley, between the tall mountains of the Owens Valley, Bishop, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Eureka, Crescent City, and Susanville, California. Shirley was admired by many and loved by everyone. She could strike up a conversation with anyone at a grocery store, a stoplight or a Greyhound bus.

Shirley had many friends, but a few left behind to remember her include: Donna Green, of Adelanto, California, the Air Base Lady; Anne O’Relly, of Apple Valley, the Avon Lady; Betty Gilbert, of San Bernardino, California, the Fifth Street Mom; and Barbara Berset of Apple Valley. She of Six Kids Upon the Hill. It didn’t matter, whether it was many, many letters written or hours spent on the phone talking, they all were life-long friends.

Shirley died Monday, July 20, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone, Minnesota. She is survived by her sons Gary Lenhart, of Pipestone, and Fred Wolfstar-Lenhart of Kenora, Ontario, Canada; grandsons Richard, Charles, and Michual Lenhart, all of Pipestone; mother Leila Horton of Covina, California; sisters Mildred Boone of Covina, and Doris Ulmer of San Gabriel, California; and the woman who lent her hand, heart and soul to Shirley, Paula Lenhart of Pipestone. She was preceded in death by her husbands J.D. Lenhart (married 1952-1957), Robert “Bob” Randall (married 1959-1976), and Clifford Yuede (married 1977-1998), the one to whom her heart belonged.

Shirley, you will be missed upon Mother Earth, yet always remembered in all these hearts above. Your favorite song was “You Are My Sunshine,” and you were our sunshine. This day, you shall walk among the clouds and stars, for heaven awaits.


Our dedication:

You Are My Sunshine, performed by Johnny and June Carter Cash.