Shirley Ann Voyer passed away with her husband by her side on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital following complications from surgery.
Shirley was born October 26, 1932 in Shawnee Ok, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Edith Geer, and grew up in Oklahoma City.
Shirley's fondest childhood memories were of those with her father and with his family on the farm in Faus, Ok.
In addition to her husband of 57 years, Paul John Voyer, she is survived by her daughters, Karen Voyer Caravona of Phoenix AZ (Robert), Valerie Voyer Leonard of Greenville (George), and Alison Voyer of Cary NC. Shirley also leaves behind her two granddaughters, Caroline and Laura Hall, also of Cary NC.
Shirley never left the state of Oklahoma until, as a young woman, she moved to Washington D.C., where she applied and was accepted to the US State Department as a Foreign Service employee. Shirley had an adventurous spirit and was eager to go wherever she was assigned.
At the young age of 25 Shirley left for Saigon, Vietnam to assume a position at the American Embassy where she met Paul, a Marine also assigned to the Embassy. The two were married in a Catholic ceremony at the Embassy.
Upon returning to the US, Shirley and Paul lived briefly in Virginia, later moving to Greenville in 1970.
Shirley worked for numerous doctors over the years, eventually retiring once her three daughters graduated from college.
Shirley was an independent thinker and a lifelong learner. She loved to read, getting great pleasure from the mysteries of Agatha Christie, historical non-fiction, and the spy novels of Graham Greene and John le Carre. Shirley loved gardening with an emphasis on native plants. She took great pleasure in providing food and shelter to many birds and any other creatures that wandered through her yard. Shirley especially enjoyed lavishing affection on the family dogs, not only hers but those of her daughters.
In her retirement, she and Paul enjoyed many trips to across the US and Europe. She also thought nothing of traveling apart from her family, participating in trips with the organization Earthwatch.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.
Shirley's family would like to thank the many health care professionals that cared for her while at Greenville Memorial. She often spoke of her appreciation for their hard work and compassion. She was treated with kindness and grace for which the family is very grateful.
Memorials may be made to Greenville Animal Care, 328 Furman Hall Rd # C, Greenville, SC 29609 or Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon Street, Greenville, SC 29605.