Shirley May Edwards Maag passed away peacefully Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the age of 86. Her passing came 4 months to the day that her sweetheart Gene had passed. She was born October 22, 1936 and was the eleventh child to Philo and Addie Edwards. Shirley was to be named Sally, but when her father gave her a name and a blessing, he had a bout of forgetfulness and named her Shirley May instead. May was her mother’s middle name and they decided that it was perfect for her.\n\nShirley was raised in Orem with her family of 14 children (7 boys and 7 girls). She loved her family dearly and they worked and played hard together. She had many responsibilities growing up such as picking strawberries, raspberries, and cherries to earn money for her school clothing. She also helped her mother with many of the chores in their household of a very large family.\n\nSome of her favorite childhood memories were playing with her sister Colleen and the many neighborhood friends that she loved dearly. They always wanted to play at her house because there were so many kids and handsome brothers.\n\nShirley met Gene while attending Lincoln High School. She was very athletic and loved to play basketball, volleyball, and tag football, but her favorite sport was softball. She played on many different teams in the city and was in the Girl’s Athletic Association in High School. She was the pitcher for her softball team, and they played well as a team and won every game. After she graduated from High School, the Orem Women’s Travel Club asked her to join their Team. She turned them down as she had a better offer from Gene, a wedding proposal. \n\nGene joined the Army, and while he was away, Shirley worked many jobs to save money for their upcoming wedding. Gene came home early on a furlough, and they were married on September 30, 1954 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. Shortly after, Gene returned to his duties and Shirley joined him in Aberdeen, Maryland. Upon finishing his service, Gene and Shirley returned home and lived in Provo, Orem, and Lindon, UT. \n\nShirley was an amazing mother to 6 children. They remember her hard work and sacrifice for them every day. She always put her children’s needs before herself. She cooked the most delicious meals and always made sure her children were happy. She was a talented seamstress and made many clothes for her children. Shirley shared her passion for gardening and canning with many of her children and grandchildren.\n\nShirley worked as a hairstylist and shared her talent for 25 years. She enjoyed her job and made long-lasting friendships through her work.\n\nHer family had fun traveling, camping, and boating. There was always an adventure and many memorable trips.\n\nShirley was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many callings and enjoyed her time serving in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. She and Gene served an LDS Mission in Kentucky and West Virginia where they gained a love for the people.\n\nShirley and Gene enjoyed traveling and boating with their dear friends and family to Mexico, Arizona, Lake Powell, Lake Mead and surrounding areas for many years. They were avid BYU Football fans and attended and traveled with the team often. Shirley loved her yearly temple trips to St.George with her Mother and sisters, as well as having weekly lunches together for over 50 years at Taco Amigo.\n\nShirley is survived by her children: Gary (Gladys) Maag, Randy (Larraine) Maag, Kevin (Karyn) Maag, Lisa (Wayne) Whiteley, Troy (Annalisa) Maag; sisters: Ruby Cameron and Colleen Healey and brother, Wayne Edwards. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Eugene Maag; daughter, Linda Hardinger; grandson, Cole Barney; parents, Philo and Addie Edwards; sisters: Melba Carter, Norma Brady, Alene Felix, Janice Warnick; brothers: Donald, Max, Lamar, Lavell, Lewis, and Ray Edwards.\n\nShirley had a kind spirit and served those around her. She was one of Heavenly Father’s favorites. She was an angel on Earth. \n\nThe family would like to give thanks to Spring Gardens Assisted Living and Tender Care Hospice for the loving and kind care they both showed her in her final moments.\n\nFuneral services will be held Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Lindon Fifth Ward chapel, 610 West 100 South, Lindon where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 -10:45 am prior to services. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery, 600 North 200 East, Lindon, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.