Shirley May Gurling, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2023, at the age of 96 of natural causes, in Temecula, California, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 29, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Clyde Evans and Pearl Inger Brown.

She is survived by her children, Kirk (Sharon), Craig (Shawna), Kareen Dobron, twelve grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles Richard Gurling, Jr. and a son, Mark.

Shirley spent the first 13 years of her life in Salt Lake City, but moved with her parents to San Diego, where she attended Roosevelt Junior High and San Diego Senior High schools.  She later attended San Diego State College where she met the love of her life, Charles, who had just returned from World War II.  They were married on October 20, 1946.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on October 20, 1949. They lived and raised their family in San Diego, until 2005 when they moved to Lehi, Utah.  In April 2009, her beloved husband of more than 62 years passed away, after which she moved to Temecula, California, to be near family, where she remained until her death.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her whole life, serving in various callings, but mostly callings that utilized her musical talents. She loved and had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Funeral Services will be held in the Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 32374 Pauba Road, Temecula, California, on January 24th, 2023.  The funeral services will start at 10:00 AM, preceded by a viewing at 9:00 AM.  Burial will follow at the Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, California, at 2:00 PM.  Funeral arrangements being handled by England Family Mortuary, Inc.

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  1. I have so many memories of Shirley. She is a beautiful lady inside and out. Her smile is probably my strongest memory, it would light up a room and her eyes would enhance the smile’s magic. I loved to watch the joy she radiated as she led the hymns in church. I was blessed to give her rides, bake her cookies, visit with her, and hear her stories (usually more than once). She never complained and was alway polite. She is a true disciple of her Savior, Jesus Christ. I will miss her and I will forever be grateful for the time I got to spend with her and the things she taught me. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, especially with Kari (who has served her tirelessly for years).

  2. Shirley and my mom, Jan Erickson, were friends who met working together probably about 48 years ago. Shirley had the sweetest nature and such a smile. My mom so admired her. Mom passed away in November of 2021 and I couldn’t find the info to let Shirley know, but today, which is my mom’s birthday, I discovered that Shirley had passed. I just bet those two friends are laughing and enjoying renewing their friendship after so many years of it being through cards only.

  3. My Condolences goes out to the family, it was my pleasure taking care of Shirley and I loved meeting the family, I will continue to pray for u all❤️

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