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Shirley Slaymaker

Services for former Peabody resident Shirley Temple Slaymaker, 82, who died Thursday in Emporia, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Granada Theater, 807 Commercial St., Emporia.

Visitation will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the theater. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Emporia.

Born Nov. 5, 1935, in Newton to Macloren and Marie (Frye) Temple, she was valedictorian of the Peabody High School class of 1953.

She attended what is now Emporia State University and started teaching in Valley Center. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in 1960 she taught business and was school counselor at Neosho Rapids High School and Roosevelt High School. She received her master’s in 1962 from Emporia State and her doctorate in 1970 from the University of Arkansas.

After teaching business for 10 years at Emporia State she became a real estate agent for seven years and then owned and operated Poehler Antique Mall in Emporia.

With her maiden name being Shirley Temple, she had a vast collection of Shirley Temple items. She also was a 14-year member of the board of directors that oversaw renovation of the Granada Theatre.

Surviors include her husband, Ron Slaymaker, whom she married on May 25, 1956, in Peabody. Also surviving are sons Rocky Slaymaker of Emporia and Lance Slaymaker of Overland Park and four grandchildren. A granddaughter preceded her in death.

Memorials are being accepted by the Ron and Shirley Slaymaker Scholarship Fund at Emporia State.

Last modified June 13, 2018

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