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1936 Shirley 2020

Shirley Tapp

August 14, 1936 — April 6, 2020

Shirley Carol Tapp, 83, died Monday morning, April 6, 2020. She was a revered wife, mother and grandmother who was surrounded by and felt the well-deserved love of her family right up until her death.  Shirley was born in Lodi Township, MN, and grew up alongside five brothers, enjoying a quiet but eventful life in the country. After sweeping him off his feet in mere months, she married Les Tapp and together they made a beautiful and welcoming home in rural Dexter, MN, where they raised five boys of their own. They were known to be avid travelers with well-documented adventures, good friends to others, generous to all and eye turning on the dance floor.  Shirley was a gifted artist, homemaker and children’s book reader. Her paintings, crafts and arrangements don both her and her children’s homes. Christmas in her home was magical, with all spaces artfully and beautifully decorated, creating memories for her children and grandchildren that will last their lifetime. Her grandchildren lovingly remember the many, many books that adorned her bookshelves, having been the fortunate recipients of hours of readings from beautifully illustrated books.  Shirley was incredibly proud of her sons. She raised them to be respectful, humorous and well-liked men and fathers, and took great pride in the many compliments she received about them through the years. It is a joy to know her sense of humor, artistry and selfless and unconditional love will live on through them.

Shirley is survived by her five sons, Bryon (Bonnie), Steve (Lesli), Mike, Brad (Julie) and Tracy (Amy); thirteen adored grandchildren; one adorable great-granddaughter, one brother, Alan (Nadine) Monson; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents Carl and Elva Monson; four brothers, Cecil, Loren, Ray and David; and her beloved husband Les and grandson, Alex.

A private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale, MN. A Celebration of Life will be held for extended family and friends once social gathering restrictions have been lifted.  Services arranged with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at


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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Greenwood Cemetery

, Brownsdale, MN 55918

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