Shirlee Scharmer Price, age 91 of Taylorville Illinois passed away Wednesday April 26th 2017 at her home with family at her side. Shirlee was born in Christian County Illinois on February 28, 1926 the daughter of Julius and Gertrude (Trelz) Herbst. She graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1944 and then attended the University of Illinois. She was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church.


She started her career working alongside her mother at Blakely’s Department Store and later she became a buyer for Meyer’s Brothers in Springfield, Illinois. Then on March 1st 1977 she opened her own ladies apparel store “Shirlee’s” on the east side of the Taylorville Square serving the community for twenty-two years. Her motto was “Clothes Just for You”. She had a vision for fashion and design. She participated in many fashion shows for the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. After her retirement she enjoyed volunteer work as a docent at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, reading, and traveling with friends.


Surviving are her daughter, Barbara Scharmer (Larry Norris) of Taylorville, and her son, David Scharmer (Claire) of Bay City Michigan; and four grandchildren; Scott Scharmer of Lahaina, Hawaii, Jessica Scharmer of Rigby, Idaho, Christopher Scharmer of Atlanta, Georgia, and Kevin Scharmer of Bay City, Michigan; and one great granddaughter; Kyla Scharmer of Rigby, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Visitation for Shirlee Scharmer Price will be held Sunday April 30th from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. at Sutton Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday May 1st with a gathering of friends at 10:00 A.M. and memorial service at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut St., Taylorville, Illinois 62568 with Rev. Bob Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, Illinois. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Taylorville First United Methodist Church. Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at

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