Woody Shirley Deinish of Kennett Square

Woody Shirley Deinish

Woody Shirley Deinish

Woody Shirley Deinish, 85, of Kennett Square, formerly of Bozman, Md., and Plandome, N.Y., died peacefully on Saturday, May 9, with her loving family by her side.

Woody was born in Glen Dale, W.Va, on April 24, and retained an abiding love for West Virginia and for her extended close-knit Hinerman and Fauley families. Her door was always open, and she welcomed and fêted newcomers and old friends alike.

Woody married James Armistead (“Army”/“Jim”) Shirley, Jr., on Sept. 7, 1957, and spent 25 happy years in Plandome, N.Y., raising their three children: Jim Shirley III, Margaret Shirley Hein (Rick), and Nancy Shirley Imbalzano (John).

After Army died in 1982, Woody moved to Bozman, Md., and became a dedicated hospice volunteer. In 1986, Woody was again lucky in love, and met the second love of her life, Bob Deinish. They were married on May 7, 1988, and spent the next 10 happy years in Maryland. They were both devoted grandparents to their nine grandchildren: Jim IV, Kyle, and Katherine Shirley; Andrew and Robert Imbalzano; William, Elizabeth, and Lauren Hein; and Scott Deinish. In 2004, Woody and Bob moved to Kennett Square.

In addition to her first husband Army, Woody was pre-deceased by her beloved sister Nancy Fauley Mitchell, brother-in-law Lloyd Mitchell, and nephews Bill and Peter Mitchell.

She is survived by her loving second husband of 25 years, Bob Deinish; her son, Jim Shirley, and two daughters, Margaret Shirley Hein (Rick) and Nancy Shirley Imbalzano (John); her step-sons Jim Deinish, Gary (Donna) Deinish, and Bruce (Michelle) Deinish; and her nine grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, 401 North Union Street, on June 6, at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations in memory of Woody Shirley Deinish be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380.


To leave an online condolence, please visit www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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