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Shirley Brennan

Sept. 22, 1942-April 9, 2012

April 15, 2012
Minot Daily News

Shirley Y. Brennan, 69, Minot, died Monday, April 9, 2012, in her home.

Shirley was born Sept. 22, 1942, at St. Andrew's Hospital in Bottineau to Ray and Jeannette (Pilloud) Brennan. She was raised on the family farm in Holmes Township, Rolette County, and graduated from Dunseith High School.

Shirley devoted her life to volunteering for persons with disabilities, as she was disabled from an accident herself at the age of 17. In July 2001, Gov. John Hoeven appointed her to the executive board of the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Shirley was employed at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, located on the campus of Minot State University. She retired in 2005. She was a valued member of the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities Consumer Advisory Committee.

She was a member of Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.

Those who shared in her life: sisters, Velma Millang, Rolette, Mildred Reamer, Seward, Neb., Patty Groff, Prescott, Ariz., and Dorothy (Leroy) Vandal, Cando; brother, Mike Brennan, Dunseith; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Brennan, Minot; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Jeannette; sister, Faye Lindquist; brothers, Dennis and Bob.

Memorial service: Tuesday, April 17, at 2 p.m., in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register Tuesday, one hour prior to the service, in the church.

At Shirley's request, her body was donated to the University of North Dakota Medical School at Grand Forks.

Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Shirley may access the online obituaries at (



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