In Memory of

Shirley R. Read

September 6, 1928 - February 21, 2020


Shirley Reve’ (Peniston) Read, 91, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on February 21, 2020. She was born September 6, 1928, in Jetmore, Kansas, to Robert Carl and Beula Lucinda (Wetzel) Peniston.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Chester Read; parents, Robert and Beula Peniston; brother, Robert and his wife, Frances; brother, John and his first wife, Pat; brother, Francis, and his wife, Darlene; brother-in-law, Don Hole; and dear friend and grandpa to all of her girls, Charles Bodenhamer. She is survived by her four daughters; Cyndi Ann (Bill) Green, Lila Diane (Vince) Robisch, Pamela Kay (Randy) Wilson, and Beth Lynn (Mike) Van Becelaere; brother, Dan (Loretta); sister, Lila Hole; sister in law, Jewell Peniston; eight granddaughters; three great grandsons; four great granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless grandpets. As well as many others who were welcomed graciously into her life and family. She blessed the lives of many who called her “mom”, “gran-da-ma”, or “Squirlee Shirley”.

She was the official hostess with the mostest. You could always count on having more food than necessary, always feeling loved, whether you knew her for 2 minutes or 20 years, and always being told a good fib about how she lost her finger.

She taught us to love unconditionally, to clean things appropriately, to enunciate so all old people could understand, and to make the best grilled cheese and peanut brittle known to man. Here’s to the most wonderful woman to bless our lives… tacos and hot fudge sundaes for everyone!

Visitation will be Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Langsford Funeral Home from 11-12pm. Services will start at 12pm and burial to follow at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, MO.


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Miss her! So glad we were fortunate enough to have known her, laughed, drank, and ate with Shirley! She was the matriarch that ruled with a gentle hand.

“Grandma Shirley” was a very important part of my young adult life. I remember countless Christmases, birthdays, and get-togethers at her place that always were a good time. Ugly sweaters, wayward pinatas, bulldog kisses, and of course … Falling from trees ?. We will miss you. Thank you for all the memories.

What a wonderful way to remember such a special woman! Loved her peanut brittle (very addictive) and her unexpected antics. Love to my second family!

I’m so sorry for your loss Natalie. I remember her at your wedding. We are thinking about you and your family.
Love ya!
Tom and Robin

Our condolences to the entire family. Shirley was the mother in the neighborhood that you could come and speak to about anything. She made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. She had a caring spirit and such a great laugh. And, if there was a picnic you made sure to get some of her fried chicken. And Shirley could jump 3 feet in the air from a sitting position which I can attest to because I accidentally shot off the entire bag of fireworks on July 4 and as rockets started shooting right at her she jumped. My life is definitely better for having known her and I will cherish those memories for eternity. Godspeed my friend.

Grandma Shirley was a wonderful lady! Her sense of humor would have me in stitches! I enjoyed her so much and feel blessed to have had her as a family friend!! She always welcomed everyone in, fed them or brought me peanut brittle when she would get her hair done, if she forgot it she would come back by to make sure I got my fix!! We will miss her dearly, as Levi and her really liked to tease one another! She will be missed by so many! ❤️

So sorry to hear of this dear, sweet lady’s passing. She was loved by all who knew her…even for a short time. We were so blessed that Natalie shared her with us. .She’ll be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with all who grieve her loss..but celebrate a long life full of loving.

Grandma Shirley was the best! My heart is broken for your family and I will miss her smile. ?


Saturday, February 29, 2020
11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Saturday, February 29, 2020
12:00 PM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063