Shirley G. Scaggs

Feb. 28, 1937-Aug. 24, 2022


A blessed soul and one who blessed us departed to heaven on Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, 2022. Shirley Genette (Meeker) Scaggs, 85, of LaPorte, Indiana, was a mother, grandmother, a hard worker, a good friend, and a radiant beam of sunshine. She was born on Feb. 28, 1937, at Veedersburg, Indiana. Her parents were John M. and Daisy (Phillips) Meeker.

Shirley graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1955 and married Robert Scaggs on Dec. 31, 1957, in the Luray Caverns in West Virginia. The couple first lived in Crawfordsville and moved briefly to San Bernardino, California. They returned to Indiana living in Valparaiso, then for most of her life in Knox (Bass Lake), and then on to Michigan City and LaPorte.

She and Bob had eight children, the eldest, Rick, preceded her in death in 2010 and their infant daughter, Patty, unexpectedly passed in 1968. Husband Robert passed away March 29, 1988.

Continuing Shirley’s legacy are her children, Karen Small and her husband, Douglas, of South Bend; Michael Scaggs and his wife, Kay, of Clearwater, Florida; Mark Scaggs and his wife, Patti, of Knox; Beth Poehl and her husband, Mark, of LaPorte; Kathy Weber and her husband, Scott, of Indianapolis; and Debbie Schlang and her husband, Steve, of Scroggins, Texas. Shirley wrote that she considered her children to be her “Jewels.”

Shirley was blessed with 13 grandchildren — Rick Scaggs (Mindy); Miles Small and Kemmery Small Keultjes (Charlton); Dustin Scaggs; Jeania Gennette Scaggs St. John (Jason) and Sarah Scaggs Washington; Ariana and Specialist Lucas Poehl, who sadly passed away last year; Annie, Sam, and Ben Weber; and Hana and Jake Schlang. Shirley also found herself with 10 great-grandchildren — Allie and Kelsey St. John; Trey, Olivia and Alex Conner; Henry Small; Maive, Lana, and Kline Keultjes; and Patrick Scaggs.

Shirley was also preceded in death by her siblings, Patricia Mazac, Kathleen Matthews and John Meeker. She is survived by her youngest sister, Lura (Richard) Slaughter of Michigan City.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana. A visitation will take place at 9 a.m. CST with a service at 10 a.m. CST. A private family burial service will follow at Union Christian Cemetery, Veedersburg.

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