Shirley Ruth McCann


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Shirley McCann

Shirley Ruth McCann (née Lidstrom), born March 25, 1935, in Yakima, Washington peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on June 1, 2022 in Kirkland, WA. She was 87 years old. Shirley lived in Yakima and Tacoma Washington during her childhood. After graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma, she attended the University of Washington, then left to become a stewardess with United Airlines. She loved flying all over the world and even took her father on a trip back to his home country in Sweden. Shirley advanced to become a stewardess instructor at United Airlines headquarters in Chicago. She then became engaged to be married and moved to Seattle. In 1963 she married the love of her life, Bruce McCann. She was married to Bruce for 58 years.

After starting her family in Seattle, she eventually settled in Hunts Point, Washington. While attending to her family and devoting herself to services for the Lord, Shirley also served her community by participating in Clipped Wings, an organization for former flight attendants, as well as Overlake Service League (currently known as Bellevue LifeSpring). She also served as a Deacon and as an usher at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Shirley was a member of the Hunts Point Town Council. Her God given gift of hospitality and care shined in every interaction with those she met. Shirley loved family, nature, music, tennis, knitting, sewing, traveling, boating, fishing, watching college football, and entertaining.

Shirley is survived by her husband Bruce McCann, daughters Monique Maio (Len), Christa Rossi (Todd), Deborah Crompton (Noble), Cynthia McCann (Chris Blattner), her brother Ray Lidstrom, grandchildren, great grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. She was an amazing gracious woman and will be greatly missed.

Shirley’s memorial service is August 12th at 1:00 pm at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, WA. The family has requested memorial gifts in honor of Shirley be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

2 Responses to “Shirley Ruth McCann”

  • Susie Clay says:

    Deepest sympathy to the family.
    When Great Trees Fall- Maya Angelou

    When great trees fall,
    rocks on distant hills shudder,
    lions hunker down
    in tall grasses,
    and even elephants
    lumber after safety.

    When great trees fall
    in forests,
    small things recoil into silence,
    their senses
    eroded beyond fear.

    When great souls die,
    the air around us becomes
    light, rare, sterile.
    We breathe, briefly.
    Our eyes, briefly,
    see with
    a hurtful clarity.
    Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
    gnaws on kind words
    promised walks
    never taken.

    Great souls die and
    our reality, bound to
    them, takes leave of us.
    Our souls,
    dependent upon their
    now shrink, wizened.
    Our minds, formed
    and informed by their
    fall away.
    We are not so much maddened
    as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
    of dark, cold

    And when great souls die,
    after a period peace blooms,
    slowly and always
    irregularly. Spaces fill
    with a kind of
    soothing electric vibration.
    Our senses, restored, never
    to be the same, whisper to us.
    They existed. They existed.
    We can be. Be and be
    better. For they existed.


  • Nancy Carson says:

    My love & best to all the Family. Shirley & I go back to our old flying days with UAL. We had many great times together & will see all of u on Fri.
    Nancy Carson.

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