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Obituary of Shirley Helen Fair

Shirley Fair

Shirley Helen Fair passed away on Oct. 11, 2015 at Auburn Faith Sutter Hospital. Her youngest daughter, Miesa, held her close as she drifted away from this world and woke up in the next. She was 89, but honestly didn’t look a day over 65.

Shirley was born March 22, 1926 in Saginaw, Michigan, to her parents Agnes and Carl Kaufeld. She had one brother, Darrel, who currently resides in Flint, Michigan.

Born with an innate flair for decoration and design, Shirley became a wildly successful interior designer, an achievement made even more impressive by her time’s standards, when it was quite uncommon for women to have a career, let alone their own business. Yet her list of achievements does not end there.

She attended the very first elite design school in Chicago, Illinois; her talents spread far beyond the local, as she later became a worldwide syndicated columnist and a bonafide expert in the craft and commerce of interior design.

Shirley fought extremely hard to follow her dreams. However her love for the fast-paced business world and interior design pales in comparison to the vast love she possessed for her family.

Shirley was a woman who wanted it all and by damn, she got it. After learning she could not conceive, she decided to selflessly adopt. After the papers were signed she held two precious girls in her arms. She named the eldest Kima and the younger Miesa, extraordinary names for an extraordinary family.

To this day, she is survived by her second husband, Harold Fouche who was her partner for 30 full, adventurous years. Her legacy and fervor for life will be carried on by her numerous grandchildren, Nathan Cain, Kiari and Taija Duggan, Daryl and Tyler Merkel, along with her loving son-in-law, John Merkel who stood by her for over 35 years.

Shirley will be laid to rest at The Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, California. According to her wishes, a celebration of life will take place in December, her very favorite month of the year.


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