Shirley M. Schoap


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Shirley M. Scott Schoap, Cottonwood Falls, died Monday, June 24, 2013, in her home, at the age of 87. A Requiem Eucharist Service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 9th and Commercial St., Emporia, Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. The visitation will be held Friday, July 5, at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry St., Cottonwood Falls, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Shirley was born in Garden City, Kan., on Oct. 23, 1925, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret Buck Scott Sr. She married Henry R. Schoap Jr., on June 11, 1950, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Garden City. He died in July 1975. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Melba Thomas; and a brother, Jesse Scott Jr.

Surviving family members include three daughters, Janet Ayers of Cottonwood Falls, Kan., Margaret Schoap of Germantown, Md., and Larie Schoap of Manhattan, Kan.; two granddaughters, Emily Ayers of Mission, Kan., and Madeleine Schoap of Germantown, Md.; and a brother, Ronald Scott of Cedaredge, Colo.

Shirley graduated from Kansas State University in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in home economics education. She worked in the Chase County Courthouse as the Home Economics Extension Agent from 1949 until 1952. She and Henry owned Schoap Poultry and Egg Co., later known as Valley Foods, Inc. They raised their family on a farm southeast of Cottonwood Falls. Shirley was a home economics teacher at Emporia High School from 1970 until she retired in 1992. From 1992 to 2009, Shirley volunteered in Janet's classroom at Cottonwood Falls Grade School. She also taught GED courses and facilitated independent study classes for Butler Community College in Chase County.

Shirley was a club leader for Gladstone 4-H Club, a member and past president of Altrusa International of Emporia, a member of YWCA and a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. She was also a judge for the Miss Rodeo Kansas Pageant.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Altar Guild or Chase County Fair Association and sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, P.O. Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845. Condolence messages may be left at


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