Roll of Honor

Retha Mae Shirley

Retha Mae Shirley

  • Firefighter
  • Grayback Forestry, Inc., USDA Forest Service Contractor
  • Oregon
  • Age: 19
  • Year of Death: 2002

Submitted by her mother

Retha was a student in the nursing program at OTI in Klamath Falls. She worked part time at a Veterinary Clinic to help pay her way. She was always ready to help; rather it was people or animals‚ she never wanted anyone to suffer.

Retha taught by example‚ she was changing the world one person at a time‚ and she lives on through all the lives she touched. She was a beautiful person inside and out‚ a person who had a passion to live life to its fullest. We will never forget the things we learned from her. We thank her for being a part of our lives and showing us you must live everyday to the fullest‚ never holding back‚ and always staying strong.

Retha was always active in school‚ sports‚ and 4-H horsemanship.

Retha enjoyed the outdoors‚ she was an avid hunter and fisher. She was always competing with the boys in school for the ‘Big Buck ‘ contest. She enjoyed bird hunting with her Brittney Spaniel. She also liked to float the rivers and fly fish.

Retha worked for a Wildland Fire Fighting Co. She died in a van rollover in Colorado that also took the lives of 4 others. They were traveling in a convoy with 7 other vehicles in what was to be a 30 hour nonstop drive from Oregon.

Retha is survived by her parents‚ Larry and Linda Shirley; 2 brothers Chase (12) and Jesse (26) a sister in law Cindy and a niece Brianna. And a very special friend Tyson Schoenmoser.

A Memorial Scholarship was established in Retha’s honor for a senior year nursing student through Oregon Health and Science University.

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