Born Oct. 12, 1931 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of John C. and Travis Greenwell Braun, Shirlee was notable for her popular women’s clothing store, The Fashion Tree, in Metropolis.
Following the closing of her clothing business, she taught business education classes at Joppa High School for 12 years until her retirement in 1996.
Following her retirement from the high school, she also taught business classes for a number of years at Shawnee Community College Metro Center.
Shirlee was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend and touched the lives of all she knew.
Shirlee leaves behind her loving husband, Frank Pritchett; her dearest sister, Marian Eime; and her dear brother, David Braun. She also leaves behind her cherished granddaughter and subsequently adopted daughter, Jennifer Eklund and husband John; and her adored great-granddaughters, Addison and Ellery Eklund; her precious great-grandson, Liam Eklund; as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved daughter Sharon L. Donovan.
Funeral service was held Friday at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Metropolis with Rev. David Deem officiating. Burial followed at Massac Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.