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Shirley Virginia Downey McLain

August 20, 1925 - July 16, 2023

Shirley Virginia Downey McLain, 97, of Bedford passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at Bedford County Nursing Home. She was born on August 20, 1925, in Lynchburg, VA. A daughter of the late Harry Lee Downey and Ela Downey. In addition to her parents Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, George Patton McLain; two daughters, Sylvia Smith and Barbara Argo; sister, Sylvia Mason and a brother, Harry Downey, Jr.

Shirley was a very loving and caring woman who was known for her keen since of humor. She loved her family and the time spent with them especially her grandkids and great grandkids. She was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker for many years and loved being able to be there for her family. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas when all her family came for Christmas at Grandmas. She also loved gnomes. She was loved by so many and will be missed dearly.

Shirley is survived by her daughter Patricia Smith and her husband, Robert; two sons-in-law, Duane Smith, and Denny Argo; six grandchildren, Kacey Smith Sterne and husband, Kevin, Amy Smith, David Argo and his wife, Julie, Adam Argo, Robby Smith, and Max Smith; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Sterne, Annie Sterne, Axel Argo and Ava Argo. Also surviving are two special nephews Danny Mason and H.L. Downey, III, and many friends.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions in Shirley’s memory please consider your charity of choice.

A graveside service and celebration of Shirley’s life will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday, July 24, 2023, at Virginia Memorial Park. To send condolences online please visit Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

Burial Date July 24, 2023

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Miss Shirley will be sorely missed by so many here at the Nursing Home. She is one of the kindest, sweetest, genuinely joyful people that I came to know. She was full of good advice and we shared a love of books, reading and cats! She loved her collectibles and told me about many of them! I loved to talk with her and she was always so happy to see any of us! Her smile was genuine and I know she is smiling down and watching over all of her loved ones!

Posted by Dee Bess on July 18, 2023

Ms. Shirley oh where do I start! You was such an amazing woman. I will miss your smile and your laugh. You always kept up with me even when I no longer worked at the nursing home. I'm so thankful for the time I got to spend with you and all our little talks. You will be forever missed! Love you R.I.P.

Posted by Tabitha Hurt on July 18, 2023

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