Shirley Jo Gardenhire was born in Wilcox, Arizona on January 2nd, 1951. She was one of six children: William (Dolo) J. Gardenhire, Anne (Larry) Hunt, our mother, Tom (Sarah) Gardenhire, Kaye Hunt, and Becky Bush. She was preceded in death by her parents William J. Gardenhire, Sr., and Hazel Martin.
She joined the U.S. Air Force shortly after high school, and was stationed at Riverside, CA, and Tucson AZ, before leaving the service. She married Gilbert M. Ubert, Sr., and had three children with him: Gilbert (Darla) M. Ubert, Jr., Sydney (Andrew) Kossowski, and Siobhan (Michael) Alvarez. They parted ways, and Shirley Jo met William Lawson, with whom she had a child, Lara Baker (née Martin). Shirley Jo also had three children with her second husband, Alan J. Greene: Justin (Becca) Ubert, Sabrina Greene, and Gillian (Bryan) Greene.
Shirley Jo had a great lust for life, a wonderful and crude sense of humor, and loved to learn about different cultures. Close friends called her Jo and she worked very hard throughout her life in a variety of clerk and management positions. She also had a burgeoning cake business at one point, making custom cakes for the important times in people’s lives. She was a self-described “green thumb” who enjoyed gardening, with a love of marigolds, tulips, hydrangeas, and pansies. She had a great love for God and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
There are too many stories to tell about this feisty, vulgar, loving, fierce, and God-fearing woman. We cannot include them all here but would love to read any that you may share in the guest book. Please do not hesitate to share the moments and memories that showcase this unique and awesome lady.
She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren:
Gilbert M. Ubert and Spouse Darla Ubert, grandchildren Jessica Rayanne Julia Ubert, Joshua Travis Manuel Ubert, Rebacca Elizabeth-Ann Ubert, Lisa Christine Marie Ubert, and Amanda Rose Julia Ubert. Her great grandchildren Riley James Ubert, Genesis Rayanne Perez, and Emberlynn Storm Vanaltena. Joshua Corey Manual Ubert, LunaLaRana Marie-Rose Ubert, Pearl Margaret-Marian Ubert, Amethyst Ruby Rose Marie LaBelle, Maryanna Graceland LaBelle, Stariel Athena Iris LaBelle, Demetri Cash Allen Labelle, Mathias Leo Marion Mayer, and Ever Renee Marie Mayer.
Sydney Kossowski and spouse Andrew Kossowski, grandchildren Eric Kossowski and Kristina Kossowski.
Siobhan Alvarez and spouse Michael Alvarez, grandchildren Cassandra Castillo, Anthony Alvarez, and Kaitlin Alvarez. Great grandchildren, Jaden Myers, Darryl Cook III, and Eliseyana Jeffrey.
Justin Ubert and spouse Becca Ubert, grandchildren Jordan Ubert, Gabriel Ubert and Miriam Ubert.
Lara Baker and spouse Terenzio Baker, grandchildren Narijah Baker, Asia Baker, Yasmin Baker, Nehemiah Baker, and Yasiana Baker.
Sabrina Guzman, grandchildren Dallas Creech (Megan Sparks) and Marysa Everette(Jeffrey Everette). Greatgrandchildren Ayanna Creech, Mariah Creech, Jaxson Creech, Elliana Everette, and Elijah Everette.
Gillian Rodriguez and Mauricio Rodriguez, and grandchild Liliana Rodriguez.
Flowers and/or donations for flowers can be made to Brackney Funeral Home.