Shirley Ione Satchell, 90, of The Neighborhood of Tellico
Village, passed away Jan. 10, 2013.
Born Shirley Ione Janes in Doland, S.D., Sept. 27, 1922
to Clarence and Lela (Akers) Janes, she spent much of her young life in Aberdeen, S.D. She graduated
from Aberdeen High School and later attended Delta College. She met David B. Satchell while both
were serving in the U.S. Navy. They were married in Olathe, Kan., on May 5, 1944 and after 65 years
of marriage, David preceded her in death July 18, 2009.
For most of her life, Shirley made
her home in Freeland, Mich., and Estero, Fla., moving to The Neighborhood of Tellico Village in
One of her greatest joys was raising her six children on the family’s horse
farm in Michigan and guiding them with pride through their many accomplishments. Shirley served in
the U.S. Navy as specialist, Second Class, V-10, as a link instructor (simulated cockpit trainer).
Shirley and David continued to pilot private planes for many years after their active
service and spent frequent weekends snow skiing with their children in northern Michigan. Together
they embarked on several road trips across the U.S. and Canada in their large motor homes.
She owned and operated Satchell Realty in Saginaw, Mich., and was a member of the Saginaw
Board of Realtors, Freeland United Methodist Church, Saginaw Ski Club and the Freeland Women’s
Shirley enjoyed square dancing, tennis and golf with David. She was co-chair for
the Senior Olympics in their Florida community. An avid reader, Shirley kept abreast of current
events, had favorite authors and delighted her grandchildren by using Facebook.
playing Bridge and Scrabble and was a clever wordsmith. She added her lovely soprano voice to local
concert choirs, and was an accomplished artist, seamstress and quilter. A friend to all, she will be
loved and remembered most for her quick wit; gracious, gentle demeanor; and her beautiful
Surviving family members incude three sons, Terry (Kay) Satchell of Hendersonville,
N.C.; Daniel (Joyce) Satchell of Sedalia, Colo.; Kevin (Cathy) Satchell of Oak Ridge, N.C.; and two
daughters, Melanie (Dr. James) Bennett of (Tellico Village) Loudon and Lori (Craig) Collins of
Brentwood. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and
Besides her husband, Shirley's eldest son, Dr. David A. Satchell, of Manitowoc,
Wis., preceded her in death. His widow, Beth Satchell, survives. Shirley's parents and a sister
also preceded her in death. Cremation took place at Weaver Funeral Home, Knoxville. Memorial
services for Shirley will be held June 15 at the Freeland (Mich.) United Methodist Church with
interment at Chapel Hill Mausoleum.
The family requests that donations be made in
Shirley's memory to Freeland United Methodist Church, 205 E. Washington Rd, Freeland, Mich. 48623
or to a charity of your choice.