Shirley Mae Whitfill DiJulio
Born January 21, 1936 in Phoenix, Arizona the daughter of Les and Floris Whitfill, deceased. Shirley Mae, Shirl, Mom, Nana, Mrs. D., the names she answered to were as varied as the lives she touched. Shirley attended Madison I & St Mary’s H. S. She was the majorette for the marching band in 1950- 52 and played softball. Mom always had a baton & never missed a chance to teach her skills to an interested child. Shirley enjoyed contributing to The Native American Enrichment Fund with family and friends. She hoped to hit big and share it with all she loved. In 1952 at Brophy Chapel Shirley married the love of her life for 54 yrs Vincent Raymond DiJulio. Shirley and Vince spent many years guiding many children in their lives by volunteering as Cub Scout Den Mother, emergency cheer leading uniform maker, Troop 143 Scout Master, Pop Warner Football coach & little league manager. She spent many years opening her arms & home to hundreds of kids. The DiJulio home & Italian kitchen was always open to all comers, family, friends and anyone who stopped by. Shirley leaves a legacy of love with many friends & family 6 children- Carl Cindy deceased, Joe & Cindy, Theresa TT & Frank, Charley & Kathy, Philip & Ginny, Mary, 13 Grandchildren- Vincie, Tess, Frankie, Tiata, Randy, Alicia, Erica, Taylor, Dallas, Ashlyn, Ronnie, Amber, Niki, 1 Great Grandson- Vincent. Husband Vincent DiJulio deceased, Sisters- Frances deceased, Rebecca & Jack Blake, Mary & Doug Oleson deceased, Theresa & Pat McCarville. Brother, Bill Whitfill deceased. Sister & brother-in-law- Claire & Robert Marzullo. Many Loving Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Friends. Shirley’s unconditional love, understanding & honesty have been an inspiration to all. She will be missed by everyone whose life she has touched. A wake will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, Sunday Aug 9th, 5:30-7:30 pm., with a Rosary at 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be at St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Monday, Aug 10th at 10:00 am. St Francis Catholic Cemetery and a celebration of life to follow.