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Shirley Brunell


Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 10:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT

Shirley Brunell, 78, of Creston died Feb. 10, 2014, at Palm Garden of Sun City Center, Fla. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Abundant Life Family Church, 500 S. Birch St., Creston. Richard Madison will officiate. A private burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Vining, Kan. Visitation with family present will be 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston, is in charge of service arrangements. Memorials may be given to Abundant Life Family Church, PO Box 513, Creston, IA, 50801-0513. Online condolences may be left at powersfh.com.  

Shirley Ilene (McKellips) Brunell, daughter of Kathleen (Stoffel) and Harley McKellips, was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Clifton, Kan.

Shirley grew up in Clifton, Kan., and attended Clifton High School. She graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Okla., in 1978.

On July 7, 1952, Shirley married Donald Brunell in Liberal, Kan.

Shirley had various jobs throughout her life, was an ordained minister with her husband and was a homemaker.  

Shirley was involved with Abundant Life Family Church for 18 years. She held various roles in ministry, including pastor and Bible study teacher.

Shirley lived several years in Creston, before moving to Tampa, Fla., in 2011 to live with her daughter and son-in-law.  

Shirley is survived by her husband Don Brunell, son Doug (Joan) Brunell, daughter Dawn (Dan) O’Flinn; siblings, Delton (Marilyn) McKellips, sister-in-law Margaret McKellips, Leola (Lee) Jackson and Norma (Roland) Crays; grandchildren, Aaron, Ashley, Crista and Austin Brunell, Mandie (O’Flinn) Brunell, Hilary (Chad) Heim and Brandon O’Flinn; great-granddaughter, Haleigh Heim; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, sister Deanna McKellips, brother John McKellips: sons, Daniel and Darin; and daughter-in-law Valou (Graham) Brunell.

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