Shirley J. Buchanan, age 89, passed away peacefully Friday Dec. 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.