Shirley Lois (Thrasher) Adler passed away at home on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the age of 86. She was born August 30, 1936, in East Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts to George Everett and Hazel Winifred (Edwards) Thrasher, the eldest of five children. She had three brothers and one sister. She graduated from Abington High School in Abington, Massachusetts in 1954.
She married Paul Robert Fontaine, Jr., on May 24, 1955, in Pocatello, Idaho and they soon made their home in Denver, Colorado, eventually moving to Arvada, Colorado. They had two daughters - Debra Ann and Cynthia Joy. Shirley worked as an executive assistant to the city attorney, and Paul worked for a local dentist as a dental technician. The city attorney and the dentist were instrumental in introducing Shirley and Paul to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the whole family was baptized in the spring of 1972. Paul and Shirley later divorced.
Shirley then moved with the girls to Utah and settled in south Davis County. She became a realtor and worked for Coldwell Banker for many years, then for the University of Utah in the Public Relations Department, and retired from the Facilities Management Department for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her favorite time there was working at the Tabernacle.
After she retired, Shirley met Richard William Adler of Monterey, California and they were married on August 24, 2006, in the Bountiful Utah Temple. They had many adventures together, including a Mediterranean cruise that included the Greece and Italy as their favorite stops. They served together as service missionaries in the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Richard passed away in December of 2021.
Shirley loved her garden and could often be found eating her meals on a sunny day on the back porch where she could look at the rose garden. She had a green thumb and could make any planting grow and flourish in her garden. She had a love for family and family history and her beloved dogs, especially those at her side at her death - Lizzie and Kiwi.
Shirley is survived by her daughters and their spouses - Lowell Richard and Debra Ann (Fontaine) Hardy and Richard Lynn and Cynthia Joy (Fontaine) Bass; four siblings - Richard, Edward, Kenneth, and Carol; Richard Adler's children - Anthea, Brent, Chris, Darren, and Robert - along with Richard's siblings, Nancy, and William; nine grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held for close family and friends from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022, at Russon Mortuary in Bountiful (295 North Main Street) followed by a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bountiful City Cemetery (2224 South 200 West), where she will be buried next to her beloved Richard.