Shirley Joan Cauble Nielsen died peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. She was born in Pomona to John and Vera Nielsen on Aug. 4, 1929.
In 1947, she graduated high school in Grants Pass, Ore., and worked at the local hospital there. Just four months later, on Oct. 4, 1947, she married the love of her life, Nelson Cauble.
Eventually, they settled in Orland, where Shirley worked for the local doctor until the Caubles opened a flooring business just outside of town, on Highway 32, called Cauble’s Floor Covering.
She was involved in many organizations throughout her life, including the Order of the Eastern Star. She served in almost every one of the offices on the local level, including the position of Worthy Matron in 1972 and Grand Officer of California in 1980.
Apart from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, she had many hobbies, like playing the organ, collecting Shirley Temple memorabilia, crocheting blankets (especially for her grandchildren), and she loved to write. She even wrote a book about her and Nelson’s life and the history of the Cauble family.
She was also an active member of the Merchant Marine Veterans Association, and was its national secretary for many years.
After 35 years, the Caubles retired and moved to Sutherlin, Ore., where they began to travel the country in their motorhome.
She is survived by her sons, Terry Cauble (wife, Phyllis), and John Cauble; brother Gerald (Carol); grandchildren Cara Larson (Alan), Gina Jackson (Jonathan), Mark Grimshaw (Ashley), Jason Cauble (Marti), Jamie Perry (Jason), Gary Cauble (Amy), Carrie Cauble Sisco, Shelly Fahey, Todd Holland (Kim), Denise Thornquest (Kyle); 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson; daughter Sandra Grimshaw; son Mike Cauble; and granddaughter Lisa Cauble.