Shirley Trammell of West Grove

Shirley Trammell, 95, of West Grove, died Sunday, Jan. 2, at her residence. She was the wife of George B. Trammell, Jr., who died in 2004, and with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Weirton, W.Va. on Dec. 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Marguerite Peterson Rowland.

Shirley Trammell

Shirley moved as a young child to Ithaca, N.Y. when her mother became a tenured professor at Ithaca College. There, she grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Catskill mountains, many waterfalls, gorges, and lakes of Ithaca. She truly valued the life of small-town living. Shirley as a child until young adulthood loved skiing, ice skating, and sledding during the winters, swimming, biking, and picnicking with her mother and father at the lakes during the summers, the cascading forsythia at the gorges along the waterfalls during spring, and the spectacular colors of the mountains during fall. Shirley had many wonderful memories of her time growing up in Ithaca.

Shirley graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and then went on to obtain her master’s degree in sociology at the University of Pittsburg where she met her husband George B. Trammell.

Shirley raised three children, wrote and published a children's book titled “Upside Over” and worked as a clinical audiologist after graduating with her second master’s degree in audiology from Temple University.

Upon retiring in the 1970s Shirley and her husband George moved from New Jersey to Sarasota, Fla. where she spent many hours playing golf, tennis, and bridge. Shirley and George also loved traveling throughout Europe, China, and Hawaii. One of their most memorable trips was taken with their oldest daughter where they navigated their own cruiser the “Cinibud” through the Gulf stream of Florida to the Bahamas then back to Florida.

Shirley’s final years were spent in Pennsylvania where she once again was able to enjoy the changing beauty of all four seasons. She especially loved the Fall.

Shirley lived her 95 years to the fullest. The many years spent at the cottage on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and children, all the family gatherings, and the family holidays spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the times and memories she cherished the most.

Shirley left a tremendous legacy and will be sorely missed by her beloved children; Georgia Lee, Denise E. & George B. (Libby) Trammell, grandchildren; Jennifer, David (Diana), Bryan (Tabby), Bert (Janet), Scott (Michelle), Ross and Jenna Lee, great-grandchildren; Josh, Rebecca, Hannah, Will, Garrett, Noah, Thiago, Caelum, Catalina, Carter, and Viviana.

Her services will be held privately.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home, West Grove.

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