Sister of Don Bright dies Aug. 11

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Sister of Don Bright dies Aug. 11

Waterloo - Shirley Ann Benham, 73, of Waterloo, died Sunday, August 11 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from complications of an intraventricular hemorrhage.

She was born April 10, 1940 in Oelwein, daughter of Harold and Phyllis Hull Bright.  She married David Patrick Benham July 25, 1961 in Moline, Ill.

Survivors include her husband, Dave; a son, Troy (Katie) Benham of Marion; two daughters, Janece Shaffer of Waterloo and Christine (Steve) Benham of Dysart; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dale (Rita) Bright of Waterloo, Donald (Linda) Bright of West Union and Richard (Viola Zerfus) Bright of Oelwein and a sister, Lavonne (Howard) Rolfs of Oelwein.

Preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Tracy Benham and a brother, Robert Bright.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Public visitation was from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and for an hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Condolences may be left at

Shirley was a long time resident of Waterloo.  She loved country music and played in a band for many years.

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