Mrs. Shirley Wood Ogden Mortensen of St. Petersburg, Fl, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the age of 91. She left behind a family who will forever hold her in their loving hearts with cherished and fond memories.
Shirley Wood was born to parents William & Mary Wood on September 12, 1926 in the countryside of Central Square, NY. She grew up with two brothers, Bill & Joseph and attended Central Square Central School. Later, she took a position as an LPN nurses aide at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital where she had her first child, Thelma Marie. From there she met the love of her life, Leonard E. Ogden and stepson Wayne; together Shirley and Leonard went on to have four additional children, Marshall Stanley, Cheryl Ann, Eleanor May, and Le Donna Jean where they built a very happy life on Hayes Road overlooking the Seneca River in Baldwinsville, NY.
Leonard passed away suddently in 1980 and Shirley moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to start her life over again. She met Richard Mortensen and stepdaughter Chrissy, and they were married early fall of 1992.
Shirley enjoyed many things in her life like gardening, nauture watching, spending time with her family, listening to music, sitting near the water, doing puzzles, watching westerns, long car rides, and she was a long time fan of General Hospital. She truly enjoyed the time she spent wiht her family and reminiscing about the past.
She is survived by her daughters Thelma Brown, Cheryl Rice, Eleanor Schlegel, & LeDonna Lundstrom; her son, Marshal Ogden; her stepson; Wayne Ogden; her stepdaughter; Chrissy Mortensen; fifteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren; eight great -great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Ogden & Richard Mortensen; her parents, Mary & William Wood; her brothers Joseph & Bill Wood and sister Marie.
The cremation took place on Thursday, January 26 after a private viewing was held at Sorensen Funeral Home for immediate family. A Celebration of Life party is scheduled for the first week in July in her hometown in Upstate New York.
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. “Albert Einstein”