Shirley Buslee, 92

Shirley Louisa (Remquist) Buslee, age 92, of Durango, CO, formerly of Dassel, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at her home while under the care of Mercy Hospice and her long-time caregivers from Comfort Keepers.

She was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Minneapolis, the daughter of August and Emma Remquist.

Shirley grew up on the family farm in Meeker County, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1945.

As a teen, she worked detasseling corn, and at the Cokato Green Giant canning factory.

Shirley graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1949, then moved to Ann Arbor, MI to complete her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan hospital, and then to the Martha Cook Dormitory as resident dietitian.

There, she met and married her husband, Roger Buslee. After their marriage April 4, 1953, Roger moved into Martha Cook Dormitory with her – the first man to live there. Upon his graduation from medical school, the couple moved to Philadelphia, PA, then to South Bend, IN, and eventually moving to Durango, CO in 1972.

After her children were born, Shirley worked part time as the dietitian for several nursing homes in South Bend and Durango. She was also employed by United Blood Services, leading blood drives in the Durango area; and was the office manager for Southwest Diagnostic Laboratories.

Shirley and Roger loved to travel, both by themselves and with friends. Shirley loved skiing, cooking, and raising flowers. And she loved her dogs. Abby and Charbonne accompanied her all over Durango.

Shirley was a member of several reading groups in the Durango area, and the League of Women Voters. She and Roger supported Music in the Mountains, Fort Lewis College, and the Durango Public Library. Shirley was also active in fundraising with her husband for the new Mercy Hospital. The laboratory at Mercy is named in their honor.

Shirley is survived by her children, William, of Germantown, MD; Patricia Humphrey, of Statesboro, GA; and David (Natalie), of Delafield, WI; and grandchildren Emma and Ceba Humphrey, and Eric and Melissa Buslee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger M. Buslee M.D.; her parents; a sister, Ardis; and a son, Mark.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Mercy Health Foundation or Christ the King Lutheran Church. A memorial service will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church at a later date.

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