OTTUMWA – Shirley J. Handling, 78, of 816 W. Third St., died March 28, 2014, at her home.
She was born March 14, 1936, in Ottumwa to Gerald W. and Margaret Leonard Nichols. She married George W. “Bill” Handling on May 16, 1955. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1989.
Shirley was a graduate of Ottumwa High School and had worked at Swift & Co.
She enjoyed playing Bingo, and Shirley dedicated her life to her children.
Surviving are six daughters, Hope Handling, Stacy Skinner, Brigett Hartsock, Heather Ingles, Michelle Sanders and Tyann Handling; 12 grandchildren, Chastity, Joshua, Shirley, Leland “Bubby," Michelle, Richie, Latisha, James, Rhianne, Victor, Nathan and Nicholas; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, George W. “Billy” Handling II.
Private services have been held with burial in Shaul Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.