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Date of Birth: November 28, 1928

Date of Death: March 26, 2020

Shirley Maxine Sanger, 91, of Fort Morgan, Colorado, passed away on March 26, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Shirley (Granny/Nanny/Nan to all who knew her) was born in Fort Morgan, CO to Frank Keister and Velma (Frazier) Keister on November 28, 1928. She went to high school at West High in Denver, CO. She married Clarence Jackson Sanger on May 22, 1948 in Colorado. She was heavily involved in her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s upbringing throughout her life, she spent most of her days after her husband’s death with her daughter Patricia in Phoenix, traveling to Denver whenever she could to see her son, John and late daughter, Sandra. Shirley kept in close contact with her childhood friend, Ms. Marna Mostue and her family, who Shirley loved dearly. Over her life, Shirley unofficially adopted many people as her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and just loves in her life. Shirley opened her heart and arms to many over her time, where she affectionately earned the name “Granny/Nanny”. She loved to bake and cook from scratch, her 4 o’clock naps, her frog collection, and her novels. Shirley is preceded in death by Frank and Velma Keister (parents), Clarence Sanger (husband), Sandra Johannesen (daughter), Richard Jenkins (son-in-law) and many friends. Shirley is survived by her children, Patricia Ann Stuart and John Wesley Sanger; her many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and all those adopted by her as family.

Service Information

Burial will be Summer 2020 in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later time in the Phoenix and Denver area, where all will be welcome to share stories and memories of her.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to assist in the research of Alzheimer’s and a cure for Breast Cancer. The family of Shirley wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all those who have extended their hand to our family at this time.