Shirley Buchanan

Obituary of Shirley Buchanan

Shirley J. Buchanan, age 89, passed away peacefully Friday Jan. 12, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Shirley was born December 16. 1928 in Nunda, a daughter of George & Josephine Whithey. She married Mervin "Bucky" Buchanan on January 8, 1948; he predeceased her on Sept. 9, 1993. Shirley formerly worked at Gunlocke Chair Factory in Wayland and was a Home Health Aide for the Steuben County Dept. of Health for many years. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by a son, George Buchanan; 2 sisters, Gerry Petris & Mary Gross; and 1 brother, Farley Whithey.

Shirley enjoyed puzzles, crossword puzzles, soap operas on TV and reading; but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by 6 children, Bonnie (Steven) Smith, Connie (Bob) Woodhams, Marlene Jesmer, Michele Tonkery, Mervin Buchanan Jr. and Deanna (Scott) Craig; 17 grandchildren; 38 great0grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Pat Hagadorn; many nieces, nephews & cousins.

Friends may call 5-7 pm Friday Jan. 19 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 300 West Naples St., Wayland, where a celebration of her life will be held at 7 pm.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.