Shirley Ann Blackburn

March 7, 1942 - August 18, 2020

Shirley was born on the third month, the seventh day of 1942 to Kenneth and Mary Estright in Enola, Pennsylvania.  Shirley went to be with our Heavenly Father and reunite with her husband Ken, and children, Yvonne and Joseph on August 18, 2020. Shirley, known as Nana to many, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and caregiver to all.  She spent her life doing for and taking care of others, physically, emotionally and financially.  Shirley never knew a stranger and invited all into her life and home.  Shirley married Kenneth Eugene Blackburn on October 29, 1960.  They spent over 55 years together loving, laughing, traveling, giving, and bringing joy to those around them.

Shirley was preceded in death by her children, Yvonne Elizabeth, David Joseph, her husband, Ken, her grandson Timothy David Ruffle, and her parents.

Shirley is survived by her children, Lorraine Ehret, Celina, Texas, Charlotte (Mike) Ruffle, Celina, Texas, Jeannette (Sherman) Ezell, Riverbank, California; grandchildren, Brett Ehret, Nicole (Dane) Martin, Renee (Dirik) Jones, Tyler Ruffle, Shaun (Dana) Ehret and Erika (Jordan) Amy, Courtney Ezell, Yvonne Ezell and Kenny Ezell; great-grandchildren, Tinsely Ehret, Caleb Martin, Major Jones, Colten Martin, Graham Jones, Kye Jones, and Millie Ehret; siblings, Jim (Sally) Estright, Danny (Gwen) Estright, Bob King, Tonie (Eric) Graves, Steven (Olga) Blackburn, Doris Estright, Lee Beisel; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family members.

Funeral services will be held in Harrisburg, Pennslyania.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Lou San Bible Camp, 2200 Blue Mountain Pkwy., Harrisburg, PA, 17112 or

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When I would supply preach at the Bethel Baptist Church and Shirley was in attendance, I knew that I had a prayerful supporter. After the message she would always express appreciation and give words of encouragement. That means a lot to a preacher. Shirley loved the Lord. John (Jack) May Pastor Jack May, August 28, 2020 So sorry to hear about Shirley. Such a sweet lady. Jim & Debbie Vest, August 26, 2020 So sorry to hear of Nana’s passing. What a delightful woman she was! So good to my Amy. Never met a stranger & made you feel like she had known you all her life. What a pleasure it was to know her!
Cheryl Baker/Lawson , August 25, 2020 My sincere condolences... Prayers for comfort during this time. Much Love, Robin Robin White Gaines, August 21, 2020 We love you Nana. Not a day will go by that we don’t think of you! Thank you for showing us how to be selfless, give to others, love hard and that no matter what- family comes first. I can only imagine the stories you’re telling Pap right now about all the things he missed! My heart is so full knowing you’re with him again. We miss you more than you will ever know but knowing you’ll always be around to watch over us helps ease the pain. Thank you for always being there and being the BEST NANA EVER! Nicole Martin , August 21, 2020