Shirley Joan Newton, 79, Huntingburg

Shirley Joan Newton, age 79, of Huntingburg, passed away at 12:26 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at her residence.

She was born January 22, 1940, in Huntingburg, to Bert and Bessie (Brice) Wilkey. Shirley married Carl “Ray” Newton on December 4, 1970, in Huntingburg. He preceded her in death along with 11 siblings.

Shirley was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Birdseye, where she served as pianist and member of the worship team for the past 45 years

She is survived by her son, David Ray Newton of Huntingburg, formerly of Evansville and David’s girlfriend and Shirley’s caregiver, Jill Wethington of Huntingburg; two godchildren, Eric and Paula Harper of Jeffersonville;' sister-in-law, Janet Thurston of French Lick;;and brother-in-law, George Newton.

A public Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the First Pentecostal Church in Birdseye, with Reverend Bret Eckert officiating. A private committal service and interment will be held at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Heart-to-Heart Hospice or First Pentecostal Church of Birdseye.

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