Shirley's Story

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Shirley Hilbert Price, 89, of Norman, Oklahoma, died Sunday, February 4, 2018. She was born August 27, 1928, in Reading, Pennsylvania to Harry L. Gottschall and Esther M. (Price) Gottschall.

As a young woman Shirley moved to New York City and worked as a telephone operator, model and jazz singer before marrying and raising four children. The family started in Pennsylvania, then New Mexico, and back to Pennsylvania before settling in Norman in 1964. Shirley was active in the women's rights movement in the 1970s and 1980s, working with others to enact policy changes in Oklahoma. A Shirley Hilbert Price Collection of materials of that work is housed in the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections. She and other dedicated women and men worked diligently to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Oklahoma. Shirley earned her masters degree from the University of Oklahoma in economics and worked as a business analyst for Anta Corporation in Oklahoma City before returning to Pennsylvania to be closer to her sisters. While in Pennsylvania she served as an election board official and senior health insurance counselor while working several different jobs.

Shirley was preceded in death by her son James Hilbert, sisters Betty J. Harding & Mildred M. Barto and parents. Shirley is survived by her sons Ross Hilbert of New Jersey, wife Marian and sons James and Doug; Tom Hilbert and daughter Myles of Fort Collins, Colorado; and John Hilbert and wife Jane Garner of Norman, and her caregiver and friend, Linda Mason.

The family would like to thank Linda and staff at Brookdale for their care. Staff shared that they enjoyed singing often with Shirley and that she lead the residents in Christmas songs this last season. She still had her beautiful voice and knew the words to many songs and carols.

A memorial celebration will be held at 6:30 pm Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Norman Depot, 200 S Jones Ave, Norman, OK 73069. Call 405 923-9192 for more information.
Published on February 19, 2018
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