Dr. Shirley (Meyer) McGinnis

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Dr. Shirley (Meyer) McGinnis passed away on Feb. 22, 2016. 

A service was held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Patriots Colony Grand Hall, Williamsburg, Va.

Shirley was born April 17, 1927, in Garnavillo, the only daughter of Eldo and Beatrice Meyer. Dr. McGinnis served the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years, first as an engineering aide at the Rock Island, Ill. District, then in the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington, D.C., and finally as the wife of a career Engineer officer. She was the personal secretary to two Chiefs of Engineers, Lieutenant Generals Lewis Pick and Samuel Sturgis. As an Engineer wife she lived in Japan; Hawaii; Asmara, Eritrea; the Panama Canal Zone, and numerous continental U.S. stations. Though concentrating her formal education later in life, she earned her Doctorate in archeology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor organization, and she received the “Essayons” award from the U.S. Army Engineer Association.

Dr. McGinnis studied art over the years as she became an accomplished artist in watercolor, acrylic, and oil media. She taught art to many of her fellow military spouses. Her archeological interest resulted in extensive travel, especially within the Western Hemisphere, and in the collection of an impressive number of masks from around the world. She has a passion for travel and adventure, a love of learning and cooking, and she was beloved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years, Major General, U.S. Army Retired, Charles McGinnis; three children, Gail McGinnis Barker, Ann McGinnis Hillyer, James McGinnis (Koren); and eight grandchildren. At the time of her passing she was matriarch of her family, her parents and three brothers having predeceased her.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.

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