Shirley M Hodgins
Shirley M Hodgins
April 12, 1926 ‐ March 02, 2020
Shirley Marie was born on April 12, 1926 to Elmer and Vera Bimberg in Detroit, Michigan where she
grew up surrounded by a large extended family. Sadly in 1939 her only sibling, Lawrence, passed away
from kidney disease.
In 1944, a girl’s only career choices were teaching, nursing or secretarial work so after her graduation
from St. Philip Neri High School, Shirley enrolled in Nursing School at Wayne State. In those days,
nursing students lived in dorm rooms at the hospital and combined their classroom work with actual
patient care. The curriculum was rigorous and made an impression on Shirley which lasted throughout
After graduation, Shirley worked at Harper Hospital in Detroit where she was introduced to a young Dr.
Harold Fulton by mutual friends, Dr. James and Muriel Tisdel. Shirley and Harold were married in 1949
and moved to Germany where Harold served as an army physician and Shirley worked as a civilian nurse
at the U.S. Army airbase in Frankfurt. In 1952 they returned to Detroit and a few years later followed
the Tisdels’ to Port Huron, Michigan where they raised Matt, Maureen and Patty. In 1971 Harold died
suddenly from a heart attack, leaving Shirley with three children to put through college. She returned to
her nursing career at Mercy Hospital in Port Huron where she worked until she was 70.
Shirley married Bill Hodgins, a local automobile dealer, in 1972. Shirley and Bill remodeled a beautiful
home on Lake Huron where their children and families fondly recall many wonderful summer weekends.
In 1997 Shirley and Bill moved to Texas to be near her daughter Pat and away from the cold Michigan
Shirley was a very spontaneous person who enjoyed people. Her interests included quilting, crocheting,
gardening and collecting cookbooks, but all would agree the passion most dear to her throughout her
entire lifetime was nursing.
A few years after Bill passed away in 2003, Shirley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She moved in 2009
to Westlake, Ohio to be near her son and his family. Shirley fought Alzheimer’s until she passed away on
March 2, 2020. She is survived by her three children Matthew (Nancy), Maureen (Tim) and Patricia
(Jon), seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held in Port Huron at a future date to be determined.