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Date of Birth: November 03, 1945

Date of Death: August 17, 2022

Shirleyan Magness Kozel, 76, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 due to complications from Lymphoma. Shirleyan was born November 3, 1945 to Ermand P. Rodgers and S.E. Liles and spent most of her life in Arizona. Shirleyan graduated from Carl Hayden High School in 1964 and attended Phoenix College. She worked for the State of Arizona as an Administrative Assistant in DES Personnel and was the DES Agency Board Coordinator and the Agency United Way Coordinator. She received the Presidential appointment to Selective Service as a Local Board Member. After leaving DES, Shirleyan worked in the insurance industry. She retired to care full time for her special needs grandson who absolutely adored her. Shirleyan loved being with her family, which was the joy of her life, and throughout her life volunteered countless hours at her children's and grandchildren's schools. She believed that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior, was baptized at North Phoenix Baptist Church and was a member at Christ's Church of The Valley. Shirleyan was a friend to all who knew her and she was incredibly kind and loving to all she met. Shirleyan is preceded in death by her father Ermand ("Jake") Rodgers, her mother S.E. Rodgers, her sister Latricia Carleen Laine, her newborn daughter, her daughter Cynthia Ann Thompson, her husband Michael Raymond Kozel and her grandson Bryson O'Neill. She is survived by her daughter Brinda (Tom) Hall, brother Max Hobbs (Patricia Jewell), her grandchildren Olivia (Travis Basso) Thompson, Sierra Thompson, Eli Thompson, Nathan Hall, Joshua (Annie) Hall and great granddaughter Katiya Hall.

Service Information

Memorial Services will be held at Christ's Church of The Valley and The V.A. Memorial Cemetery at a later date in December so that her grandchildren may attend.


In lieu of flowers, please plant a rose bush in memory of Shirleyan. She loved gardening and roses were her favorite to plant.