Shirley Lee Gardner Magnuson, 77 of New Bern, N.C., widow of the late Rev. Roy G. Magnuson and beloved mother and grandmother, died on Sept. 27, 2012.
Born April 18, 1935 in Waterloo, Iowa, she grew up attending the Ross Conservatory of Music and Dramatics and graduated from West High School in 1953 where she was known by her friends as "Flea." She attended Iowa State Teachers College and went on to graduate from Northwestern Bible College, Minneapolis, Minn., in 1958 with a BA in music. She married the Rev. Roy G. Magnuson in 1957 in Orchard Gardens, Minn., and, with her husband, served Evangelical Free churches in North Miami Beach, Fla., Rochester, Minn., and Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as People's church in South Bend, Ind., First Baptist Church in Westfield, N.Y., and last at Maranatha Baptist church in Mayville, N.Y., until the death of her dear husband in February of 2001.
Since that time she has lived in New Bern, N.C., where she has spent the past 10 years teaching music at Calvary Baptist Christian School. Shirley Magnuson spent her life ministering in music. She has directed choirs and stringbands, written and directed cantatas, taught piano and strings, written music to over 200 verses in the Psalms and published a music book "In His Presence in Song" with Janice Perry. Through her music ministry, she dedicated her life to serving God.
Shirley Lee Gardner Magnuson
Summing up a lifetime of love from a mother in one page is impossible, but all of her children will live on with her as part of them, so she is never really gone. Her children know in their hearts she is finally with their dad, and the Roy and Shirley love story certainly is one that is simply beautiful and eternally enduring.
She is survived by her children, Ruth Glines (Jim Glines) and her children, Christian, Carson, Cameron and Corinna; Roy Magnuson and his children Josiah, Stephanie, John and Cecelia; Rachel Anderson (Ed Anderson) and her children Perry, Abigail, Nathaniel and Victoria; Rebecca McCabe (George McCabe) and her children Grace and Gardner; Rhoda McGill (Danny McGill) and her children Madeline, Emma-Lee, Camilla and Judson; and Ron Magnuson (Andrea Magnuson) and his child Malachi.
A visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 with the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Maranatha Baptist Church, 43 Academy Street in Mayville, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Maranatha Baptist Church or McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, S.C.