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Shirley Mavis Fairburn Ebert

Little Rock, AR, 1918 - 2010

Shirley Mavis Fairburn Ebert was born on December 9th, 1918 in Lowell, Massachusetts to George C. Fairburn and Beulah Sturtevant Fairburn. She died December 3, 2010, age 91, in Little Rock, Ark. She attended Simmons College and received her RN degree in nursing from Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. After working as a pediatric nurse in Boston, she joined the Harvard Unit, Fifth General Hospital. She served four years during WWII in the Army Nurse Corps with a final rank of captain. She was stationed in England and France. She married Dr. Richard V. Ebert in 1947 and was married 49 years until his death on July 22, 1996. They raised their five children in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and Little Rock. She volunteered at the St. Paul Planned Parenthood and the College Station, Ark. Head Start as well as at the Stewpot Ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church of Little Rock. She was an early member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Little Rock.
She is survived by her five children, Dr. Michael (Ellen) Ebert of Guilford, Connecticut, Richard Ebert Jr. (Seyin) of West Fork, Ark., Constance Ebert of St. Paul, Susan Ebert Kinzel of Minneapolis and Dr. Robert (Margaret) Ebert of Little Rock. She also leaves five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held December 18 at 11 a.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock. Another service is planned for a later date in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Pulaski County Humane Society or to Doctors Without Borders. Cremation arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home,

Published December 10, 2010

Ruebel Funeral Home
6313 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-666-0123