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Shirley Mae (Smith Luchtefeld) Ferree, 86, of Altamont died at 4:30 a.m., Friday, September 22, 2017 at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont.

In accordance with Shirleys wishes her body will be cremated and there will be no services. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or the donors choice. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Shirley was born on July 4, 1931 in Effingham County to Carrell and Madalyn (Tipsword) Smith.
She married Vincent Lucky Luchtefeld in 1950 and they divorced in 1970, and he died in September 1996. She married John Ferree in 1977 and he preceded her in death in 1990.

She was a most excellent mother and will be greatly missed.

Shirley is survived by: her sons, Anthony (Caroline) Luchtefeld of Cumming, GA, Joe (Julie) Luchtefeld of Altamont, Ken Luchtefeld of Murfreesboro, TN, and Curtis Luchtefeld of Tempe, AZ; daughter, April (Nik Alwerdt) Luchtefeld of Altamont; grandsons, Erik (Jenny) Zacha of Terre Haute, IN, Ryan (Kristen) Zacha of Sterling, VA, Jordan (Mishel) Luchtefeld of Bloomington, IL, Taylor (Molly) Luchtefeld of St. Louis, MO, Clif (Samantha) Luchtefeld of Christiana, TN; granddaughters, Gretchen Luchtefeld of Murfreesboro, Brianne Luchtefeld of Nashville, TN, Alexia Luchtefeld of Murfreesboro, TN, Claralyn (Seah Mars) Luchtefeld of Brownstown; step grandsons, Jeff (Diane) Anderson of Dickson, TN; brothers, Stan Smith of Altamont and Larkin Smith of Indianapolis; sister, Betty (Roger) Borries of Teutopolis; 7 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, husbands, son, Frank Luchtefeld and brother in infancy, Steve Smith.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Published on September 26, 2017
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