Shirley Ann Mordacq Obituary – The State Journal-Register


Shirley Ann Mordacq 1933 – 2022

Springfield, IL—Shirley Ann Mordacq was born July 11, 1933 in Springfield, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Rimkus) Mordacq. She is survived by one son, William Andrew “Andy” (Valerie) Smith of Holly Springs, NC; and by three grandchildren she reveled in, Sophia, Zoë and Isabelle. She is predeceased by her parents and her three brothers, Charles, Edward “John” and Eugène Mordacq.

Shirley graduated from St. Patrick’s Grade School in 1947 and Sacred Heart Academy in 1951. She then served in the United States Navy as a photographer during the Korean War. Subsequently, she worked for Illinois Bell Telephone for 35 years as a personnel manager, before retiring from Ameritech while overseeing Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. she has held leadership positions in Springfield, Decatur, Rock Island, Joliet and Chicago.

For decades after her retirement, Shirley lived in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest (she loved nature and feeding birds and deer) and was known as the Lady with the Ponytail and the Gun. She pampered her dogs (Snow and Lulu) and her cat (Miss Kitty) and let them get away with murder. A firm believer in “it’s five o’clock somewhere”, Shirley enjoyed a stiff drink, fried shrimp, tavern chili, fresh tomatoes, day-old tacos and an amount of candy (and cigarettes) that is incongruous with his long life. Shirley was eccentric, generous, adventurous, cantankerous, stubborn, frugal, always remembered someone’s special days and didn’t know a stranger. When it came to practical tasks, she could be the frustrating kind of know-it-all who would turn out to be right. He was a pack rat (“hey, that’s my good thing!”), but a sentimental one. She could convince Wal-Mart employees to give her discounts, but didn’t pass that skill on to her son. Also, she overcame adversities with uncommon tenacity; she clearly enjoyed proving doctors wrong when she was told her limitations.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield.

Funeral Mass is at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2022 at Little Flower Church with Reverend Allen Kemme officiating. Interment will follow at Calvaire Cemetery where military honors will be paid.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702.

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Posted on July 05, 2022

Published in The State Journal-Register

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