In loving memory of

Shirley Ann Paulsen
December 20, 1941 - December 23, 2018

Shirley Ann Paulsen, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, December 23, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Shirley Ann Eye was born on December 20, 1941 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Laverne and Wilma (Shirley) Eye. She attended Elwood schools. She married John Lee Paulsen Sr. on January 14, 1961 in Anamosa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2017.

In her early years, Shirley had worked as a waitress at area restaurants including Danny's Lunch. She then worked as a housekeeper and desk clerk at Super 8 Motel in Maquoketa for eight years.

Shirley enjoyed crocheting, crosswords, word search, puzzles and attending softball games of her grandchild. She also loved listening to country music, especially Waylon Jennings.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her children, John Lee (Jody) Paulsen Jr. of Winchester, TN, Ronald (Sheryl) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA, and Christina (Don) Holdgrafer of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Eye of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Verne, and her husband John.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Shirley Ann Paulsen memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at


Ron & DeLores Horan wrote on Jan 13, 2019:

"A good neighbirthday who will be missed."

Angel (Potter) Schiffer, Wyatt and Kyle Schiffer wrote on Dec 29, 2018:

"Dear Tina, John, Ron, and families, . . my very deepest sympathy to all of you. May you always feel your mother's ( grandmother's) love around you. And when you think of her, know that she will be thinking of you as well, with great big wings on her back and a shiny halo above her head. May she reap all of God's wonderful glories as she walks with our lord now. I will miss her beautiful smile, gentle nature, and kind soul. Many memories to cherish. God bless you all."

Margie Eye Michels wrote on Dec 29, 2018:

"I only saw her 2 times and she was very nice to me, sorry for your lose. prayers."

Brenda DeMoss Groves wrote on Dec 28, 2018:

"Paulsen families, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, grandmother. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May your mom rest in peace. "

Pam Starr wrote on Dec 28, 2018:

"Sorry for your loss prayers going out to your family. I going to miss talk to Shirley what a beautiful person "

Tammy Block wrote on Dec 28, 2018:

"Shirley, I will miss u dearly. Always enjoyed ur company and watching u make ur famous blankets. I will miss y dearly my friend. "

Dina wrote on Dec 28, 2018:

"So sorry for family and friends. What a nice lady..Heavan has gained another Angel?"

Stephanie Davison wrote on Dec 26, 2018:

"The Heaven's Sure Did Get A Beautiful Soul!... Shirley to Me Was A Very Unique, Loving, Genuine Friend... Her Most Valuable Thing Was "Her Family"... She Always Talked About Them All... You Don't Meet People Like Shirley Anymore... If You Knew Her... You Were Very Blessed... I Will Miss You My Friend... You'll Always Be A Part Of Me.. In My Heart Forever!.. ***Thinking Of ALL Of Shirley's Family***"

Andy and Cheryl Clark wrote on Dec 26, 2018:

"We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Shirley. She will be missed by all who knew her. "

Sarah Bentley Haiar wrote on Dec 24, 2018:

"So Sorry for your loss, we are praying for your family. Shirley was our neighbor for two years on Yale Ave. Wonderful woman she will be missed."