Shirley L. Lepper

September 3rd, 1936November 24th, 2019

Shirley Lavaughn McGehee Lepper passed away Sunday, November 24th in Boulder, Colorado at 83.  She was born September 3, 1936 in Peru, Kansas to James and Elizabeth McGehee, and spent most of her youth in Coffeyville, Kansas. She is survived by her brother James Duane McGehee of Coffeyville; her sister Sondra Dean of Salado, Texas; her children, Richard Harrison of Englewood, Florida and Cynthia Harrison Laraway of Denver, Colorado; and her step-daughter Linda Lepper Oglesbee of Lafayette, Colorado.

Her husband Marvin Lepper passed away in 2014 after almost 30 years of them being together, 23 of those, living on their Longhorn cattle ranch and farm in Weldona, Northern Colorado. Shirley was a deacon at their local country church and was well-known and well-loved by all of the families in the valley. After Mels passing, she moved into town closer to her daughter, and was able to reinvent her life. She then decided to buy a home in Florida near her son in Englewood, and made an even larger group of friends there. Her desire to travel was made possible by her continued good health and she globe-trotted to Egypt, Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Europe, Ireland and Scotland. Being of Scottish descent, she had wanted to see Scotland her entire life, so that was especially exciting and joyful for her. 

Shirley was much-loved by so many. She was the kindest, most thoughtful woman the world has ever known. Her smile lit up the room and her energy and joyfullness filled up your heart. She will be greatly missed. 


Shirley chose to be cremated, and for all her loving friends up north, a traditional service will be held in her Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church on Monday, December 16th at 11:00 am. A Celebration of Life Party and service will be held some time in January 2020, closer to Denver. Family will be sure to alert everyone they can reach, and hopefully the latter date will allow for friends and family to more easily attend.






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