Shirley Jean Humphrey
Shirley J. Humphrey, 93, of Ashtabula, died Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Austinburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born October 12, 1925, in Ashtabula, the daughter of Leonard G. and Eulah May (Bartholomew) Kemmer and has been a lifetime area resident.
She was a 1943 graduate of Ashtabula High School.
Shirley was an energetic, engaged woman who always tried to make a difference in the world. She was a proud lifelong New Deal Democrat who knew and met several Presidents, Governors and numerous public officials. She retired from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections. To fulfill her desire to be a journalist she crafted and submitted well written letters to the editor of the local paper.
She was independent and proud to live on her own until earlier this year; she was a strong spirit. She enjoyed road trips and playing cinch with her husband Nelson and their friends Joe and Maryann Birmingham. Later in life she enjoyed taking some cruises, bus trips and checking out some of the casinos. Every Friday she enjoyed meeting friends at the mall for lunch.
Shirley always enjoyed the Indians, Browns, Cavs and the Buckeyes especially Urban Meyer.
Surviving her is her son Brian (Catherine) Humphrey of Mentor, Ohio; two daughters, Kay Humphrey (Chris Savarese) of Ashtabula and Dr. Wendy Humphrey of Naples, Florida; four grandchildren, Phil (Jessica) Humphrey, Carrie (Jon) Ahlborn, Brandon Perkovich and Ian Perkovich; and her great grandchildren, Hannah, Brody, Caelan and Aidan.
Her parents; her husband Nelson H. Humphrey; a son, Todd L. Humphrey; and a sister Dorothea preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4:00 Pm at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Pastor Barry Holub officiating. Burial will be in Ridgeview Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Nelson H. Humphrey Scholarship Fund at Kent State Ashtabula, 3325 West 13th St. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004; The Ashtabula County Democratic Party, 8021 Sanborn Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to SOS Cat Rescue, 3455 Lake Road Conneaut, Ohio 44030.
Published on September 11, 2019


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Deborah Newcomb
Sep 24, 2019
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Shirley Jean Humphrey.  Plant a tree
Jill Scott
Sep 12, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. Shirley will be truly missed. My parents and I spent many Fridays at the mall with Shirley and she always could come up with a quick comeback to my dad, Len, when he came up with some smart remark to her. What a great lady she was!! Very sweet to all of us and never had a complaint! I will definitely miss her smiling face!!
Jeffrey Moore
Sep 12, 2019
After years of dedication to the people of Ashtabula County and your family, may you rest in peace.