Shirley Lee (Pari) Dallas

Jan 18, 1948 – Oct 11, 2013

Shirley Lee (Pari) Dallas died at home Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the age of 65, surrounded by family, after battling ovarian cancer for almost four years.

Shirley was born in 1948 in Waukesha to Joseph and Geraldine Pari. She and her four sisters grew up in the Waukesha countryside, where her father ran a garden shop and landscaping business. She graduated from Waukesha South High School and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Arts in library science from the University of Washington. Working in Minneapolis, she met her future husband, James Dallas. They lived in Salt Lake City for a few years, then spent the next 35 years in Olympia, Wash., with their two children, Ian and Kate.

Shirley worked as a librarian for the state of Washington for 35 years, retiring in 2011. She was known among her friends and family as a seamstress, knitter (many of us wear items made by her), watercolor artist, avid reader and book club member, creative cook, mushroom hunter, hiker and camper, and Pilates and Tai Chi student.

Her dry wit was widely appreciated. She loved exploring the Northwest, the U.S. and exotic locales, such as New Zealand, Thailand and many European countries.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Pari, and a sister, Lynn (Pari) Hannie.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, James; son, Ian of Los Angeles; and daughter, Kate (and husband Shawn Hart) of Hood River, Ore. She (“Squirrel” as she was nicknamed in her family of birth) is also survived by her mother, Geraldine Pari of Brookfield, and her sisters, JoAnn Pari-Mueller (and husband Daniel) of Banks, Ore., Juli Frankel (and husband Eric) of Los Angeles and Jill Jozwiakowski (and husband Mike) of Wildwood, Mo. Her surviving nieces and nephews are Sara Karlen (and husband Vince), Joe Mueller (and wife Holly), Julia Mueller (and husband Michael Autrey), Leland and Isadore Frankel, and Jakob and Hannah Jozwiakowski. Surviving great-nieces are Eva and Grace Karlen.

We will all miss her terribly – it is hard to imagine a world without her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 9, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Olympia Film Society or to Holden Village are appreciated.