A private ceremony will be held for Shirley Ann Neu who passed away peacefully in Santa Cruz on August 6th 2017. Shirley was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon on October 9th 1952 to Dale and Luella Reddell. She moved to Santa Cruz, California with her parents and four siblings in 1957. Shirley met the love of her life Fred, in September 1969 at Snow White drive-in on Portola Drive in Santa Cruz. Fred and Shirley were inseparable from the day they met and later married in 1976. They gave birth to their first child, Barney during their first year of marriage. Two years later, their daughter Casey was born. Fred doted on Shirley until the day she left this world; she will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
Shirley graduated from Soquel High School in 1970. She went on to get her degree in nursing from Cabrillo College and for more than 30 years worked as a licensed vocational nurse in Santa Cruz with Driftwood convalescent and Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care (formerly Hillhaven Convalescent Hospital) and Fred worked as a driver for United Postal Service. Truly devoted to her profession, she leaves behind many beloved colleagues.
Shirley was very family oriented and loved her children and grandchildren beyond measure, they were such a large part of her life. If one of her children or grandchildren had an event, you can bet she would attend and stay until the end and probably provide the proper outfit for them to wear to the event as well. Shirley also enjoyed camping and fishing trips with her extended family. Fred bought Shirley a greenhouse which allowed her to produce a lovely array of flowers for her beautiful garden, she also grew incredibly delicious vegetables. Shirley loved reading and could devour a book in one day while sitting on her deck, overlooking her colorful gardens.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 40 years Fred Neu of Santa Cruz her son and daughter-in-law, Barney and Millie Neu of Corralitos, her daughter and son-in-law, Casey Neu and Matt Cuzick of Moss Landing; her brothers and sisters; Terry Reddell of Medford, Oregon; Cora Pieracci of Santa Cruz; Donna Reddell of Aptos and James Reddell of Santa Cruz. Her brother Maynard Reddell and her mother and father preceded her in death. Shirley also leaves behind her four beloved grandchildren (Nash, Ada Belle, Nova and William); she was looking forward to her fifth grandchild's arrival at the end of August.
Any kind acts of Charity in Shirley's memory can be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org)