November 14, 1927 - March 29, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley Mae Tisdell, 87, of Paynesville, formerly of Morton, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will begin at St. Louis at 9:00 a.m. Following lunch at St. Louis, Inurnment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Morton at 3:00 p.m. There will be coffee and fellowship at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton at 3:30 p.m.

Shirley died March 29, 2015 at Koronis Manor in Paynesville surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley Mae (Morrow) Tisdell was born November 14, 1927 in Spencer, South Dakota to James Dwight and Ora (Wharton) Morrow. During her childhood, her family lived in several eastern South Dakota communities including Salem, Alcester, Sisseton and Watertown. She graduated from Watertown (SD) High School in 1945. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Economics. She also obtained a Teaching Certificate from SDSU. Following graduation, Shirley taught high school business subjects at Bristol, SD; Highmore, SD; Morton, MN; and Springfield, MN.

On June 30, 1956, she was united in marriage to Harold Lawrence Tisdell. Together, they had four children; Mary Lee, Linda Kay, Mary Sue and Timothy James. Upon marriage, she helped with operations of the family farm by managing finances and preparing meals. After retiring from farming in 1980, she and Harold spent summers at a cabin on Lake Koronis outside of Paynesville and winters in Harlingen, Texas, until they moved permanently to a lake home on Lake Koronis in 1996.

Shirley was a faithful member of both St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton and St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. She always enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends whether it was through morning coffee, weekly letters, or in later years through the adoption of new technology with daily e-mails. Deep down, Shirley always remained a teacher. She always took an interest in every individual she met and valued their views and perspectives. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children Linda (Dan) Baun of Marshall, and Mary (Brian) Heinis of St. Anthony Village; grandchildren Lindsay and Darren Baun, Jacalyn and Derek Heinis; her sister Phyllis Cole; brother-in-law Eugene (Marilyn) Tisdell and sister-in-law Geraldine (Robert) Simmons; step-mother Jewell Morrow; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her infant daughter, Mary Lee and infant son Timothy James; and her parents.

Blessed be her memory.

A special thank you to CentraCare Health System, especially Koronis Manor and 700 Stearns for their loving care.