Shirley Ann Doornbos
Shirley Ann Doornbos, 85, passed away December 2, 2020, because of
complications of COVID-19. She put up a courageous fight for several weeks in the ICU before going into Pallative Care at UIHC, where she passed away peacefully.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at
St. Mary Catholic Church
in Iowa City, where a visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Please respect the wearing of masks and social distancing guidelines. The mass will be livestreamed for those who are not able to attend. Details and instructions on how to watch the service may be found on Shirley's tribute wall at www.lensingfuneral.com. Instead of flowers, the family asks that you send memorial donations to St. Mary Catholic Church in Iowa City. Private entombment will be in held at Memory Gardens in the mausoleum.
Shirley was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Hubert Henry and Emma Mary (Tremmel) Kern. She grew up in Muscatine and Iowa City, where she graduated from St. Mary High School in 1953. She went on to attend college at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1956 with a degree in nursing. She married William Crippen on Sept. 10, 1956, in Iowa City, and had six children before they later divorced.
Shirley began her nursing career in Iowa City, which turned out to be nothing but successful. She was a devoted registered nurse for 34 years, starting at Mercy Hospital, where she worked for 13 years as a labor and delivery nurse. She then worked for UIHC for the remaining 21 years of her career in the research center, ultimately focusing on brain tumor research through the NIH. She retired in 1995.
Shirley was set up on a blind date with John "Fred" Doornbos, an oncologist who had just moved to Iowa City and had begun working for UIHC. The couple went on to get married on Nov. 21, 1986, in Iowa City, and enjoyed 32 memorable and loving years together before he passed away suddenly in 2018. They eventually moved into an apartment at Grand Living at Bridgewater, where she made many friends who she adored dearly.
Shirley was an avid Hawkeyes fan and loved to host Hawkeyes parties. She and her beloved husband, Fred, traveled near and far to cheer on the Hawkeyes. She was active in the Hawkeyes Club, volunteered for the Mercy Guild and was a member of the University of Iowa Retiree Association. Shirley was a dedicated member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Iowa City. Shirley loved to play bridge, do crossword puzzles, needlepoint, play canasta and had the luck to win at Bingo! Above all things that brought her joy, Shirley's family was her greatest joy of all. Any time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant everything to her.
Shirley is survived by her children, Margaret "Peg" Young of Iowa City, Iowa, Pamela (Jim) Overton-Risoleo of Paradise Valley, Ariz., Michael (Karin) Crippen of Chapel Hill, N.C., Rebecca (Tom) Paintin of Iowa City, Iowa, Cynthia (Johnny) Tygart of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Mark (Kathryn) Crippen of Phoenix, Ariz; stepchildren, Daniel (Mary Beth) Doornbos, M.D. of Windsor, Maine, Suzanne (David) Kerbow of Chicago and William (Melanie) Doornbos of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Justin (Kelly), Brandon (Karrie), Teddy (Lauren), Christian, Elizabeth, Cathy (Keith), Lauren, Aimee (Jered), Sara (Bani), David, Joseph, Joshua (Nicki), Matthew, Reid, Julia, Katie (Keith), John (Katie), Caitlin, Kendra, Taylor, Thomas, Sara, Destiny and Amber; 19 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, Ward Leroy Kern, Mary "Betty" Hoagland and Hubertine in infancy; and one granddaughter at birth, Molly.