It is with deep sadness we share the news of our beloved Shirley J. Moose’s passing on October 26th, 2021.
Shirley was born in Evansville, Indiana to parents Whitson and Esther Brown on April 6, 1930. Her childhood was spent in Evansville and she continued her education there, graduating with a nursing degree from Deaconess College in 1951.
In June of that year, she married Dr. Robert P. Dimmett, also of Evansville. Shirley assisted in her husband’s new family practice in nearby Booneville as a nurse.
In the 60s, the family relocated to New Orleans LA, and then on to Ft. Pierce FL where Dr. Dimmett began his Radiology practice. Robert and Shirley were married 20 years and had five children. The years were filled with ballet, baseball, piano, the ocean, and much love.
Shirley was quoted while serving a term as President of the St. Lucie County Medical Auxiliary, as saying she “liked oil painting, water skiing, and surfing when (she) can get a surfboard away from one of the kids.”
The family moved to White City in a home near the St. Lucie River, where many more happy days were spent.
In 1974, Shirley remarried Mr. John T Moose of Ft Pierce. They built a house on stilts in the middle of his orange grove and lived there until moving into the Reserve of Pt St Lucie. John T. was the Manager of Hobe Groves and was an outdoorsman.
Shirley enjoyed the days spent at his ranch near Kenansville, Florida, and with their circle of friends in the “orange and cattle” culture of Ft. Pierce. She remained John T.’s wife for 34 years until his passing in 2008.
Sketching and oil painting Shirley excelled at, winning a competition and having an art piece displayed at the Beanie Backus museum in Ft Pierce. Her family retains many of her works and they are precious to them.
She was an extremely caring and competent RN and did work in her later years for hospice.
She was beautiful, brave, and original. She loved her family, her dogs, and nature. Shirley was a bright light shining for all to follow. Rest in Peace, Shirley Jane. Sugar Jane, as her dad Whit Brown called her. We will carry your light with us.
Shirley was survived by her loving children Cynthia Weaver (Casey), Randall Dimmett (Sharrona), Melinda Willaford, Thomas Dimmett, Julie Gufford; two stepchildren Stephen Moose, Caroline Bingham (John); twelve grandchildren Jennifer Phillips, Sarah Weaver, Ben Weaver, Christina Weaver (Nathan Perry), Amy Dimmett, Ruth Dimmett, Esther Clyde (Aaron), Grace Dimmett, Stephanie Willaford, Michael Willaford, Joe Gufford, Christen Gufford, James Dimmett; four great-grandchildren Jordan, Abigail, Ellis, Alexandra; two nieces Connie Boyles, Cathy Feldbusch as well as many friends.
A special thank you to her loving caregivers Stephanie McColley, Connie Newsome, and granddaughter Angela Dimmett.