SHIRLEY NOREEN HIGGINS MCCROSKY
AUGUST 31, 1934 – DECEMBER 18, 2017
Shirley Higgins was born to William and Inez Higgins in Astoria, Oregon on August 31, 1934. Her life started as an adventure when she was taken across the Colombian River to the only nearby hospital in her uncle’s fishing boat. Her first home was in Knapton, Washington. She attended her first two years of grade school in Astoria, Oregon. The family moved to Wauna, Oregon where she finished grade school and then went on to high school at West Port High where she was an active athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was a cheerleader and active in student government.
She attended Oregon State University to study for 2 years where she studied X-ray technician as a career. She was a focused student with the best grades.
Shirley was Miss Oregon State 1952.
She met the love of her life Max McCrosky at a dance in Quincy, Oregon. Shirley married Max McCrosky on September 9, 1953 in Vancouver Washington by the Rev. Marcus White. The new couple was inseparable from that time on. They moved to Klammath Falls, Oregon where Shirley continued her studies to be an x-ray tech for one year.
In 1955 the couple moved to Rose Valley near Pioche, Nevada to help run the family ranch. They raised their 3 children in Rose Valley until in 1966 when the family moved to Geyser Ranch. Shirley became known for her kind and tasty hospitality to travelers to the ranch. Shirley was active in the ranch operations and all issues that challenged the ranching industry.
When McCrosky Brother’s Construction took Max away with contracts, Shirley ran the ranch at Rose Valley while raising her children, she was always the active partner for her beloved husband Max. She organized her children to help with all the chores and still made time for fun.
She and Max were active in an Exploration Company with a Canadian partner which was on the Vancouver Stock Exchange (Lana Gold Inc.) Shirley and Max soon had their own mineral exploration company and Shirley was active in exploration, filing BLM claims and keeping up with the paperwork involved with gold mining. Shirley wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, shoveling, taking samples and doing everything she could to make the business a success. Shirley taught knitting and tri-chem, she had her own catering company and flower shop in Panaca and Pioche.
Shirley was a member of the Rural Nevada Development Corporation and served as chairman for January 2000 to July 2007. She continued to be a board member and served for over 20 years traveling the entire state of Nevada. She was committed to the way their organization helped small Nevada towns develop housing, grow small business and offer small business development assistance loans.
Shirley was talented in art, cooking, gardening and loving her family. She knew every child and grandchild and what made them tick. She made it her job to make everyone in her life know how much she loved and cared for them. She supported her kids and grandkids in everything that they did. Shirley grew up in a tight knit family and had a neat childhood full of fishing, boating and playing on the beach.
She made sure her children and grandchildren had just as neat of a childhood teaching them art, fishing, cooking. She loved packing a picnic and taking her children and grandchildren for hikes and rock hunting. She shared every bit of her skills with her children and grandchildren. Shirley wrote a limited edition cookbook for the family and was working on a commercial version. She was Mrs. Christmas making decorations, cookies, presents and long term traditions that are living on in her family.
She loved traveling with Max with over 20 trips to Hawaii, 3 trips to Japan and Hong Kong. They visited Kyoto, Macow and everything Japanese. Their art and style was a favorite of hers the rest of her life. She and Max studied Japanese customs and culture so that they understood the people they would meet. She liked traveling the US and Canada and traveled to Texas to meet with their business partners many times. She was curious and did not know a stranger, she made friends everywhere in the world she traveled.
She is survived by her the love of her life and husband Max McCrosky, children, Shelley McCrosky Hartmann born in Klammath Falls, Oregon Max L McCrosky born in Pioche, Nevada and Jody McCrosky born in Caliente, Nevada, 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, her younger brother Joseph Higgins, numerous family members, in laws and friends.
Patricia Jeanne Bulloch
Patricia Jeanne Bulloch, 82, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. She was born on November 13, 1935, in Las Vegas, NV to Walter and Patty Masterson Swartz.
Patricia, known as Pat, grew up in Boulder City, NV. She graduated from Boulder City High School in Boulder City, NV in 1953. After high school she attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ for one year on a Home Economics scholarship.
Pat married the love of her life, Boyd Cox Bulloch in 1955 in Boulder City, NV. They were happily married for 63 years. Boyd and Pat settled in North Las Vegas, NV in 1959. Pat was a woman of boundless energy and a strong sense of duty who believed intensely in the importance of a safe, secure, and healthy environment for her family. She worked tirelessly to provide that and raised her 11 children in a house that always seemed to hold the aroma of freshly baked bread.
Pat never waivered in church attendance and responsibilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). From 1988-1991, Pat served with her husband as he presided over the Mississippi Jackson Mission for the LDS Church. She was a past member of Xi Alpha Delta, a local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and a former officer of P.E.O., a cultural organization. Pat loved sewing, crocheting, and making ceramics to decorate her home and give as gifts. In 1998 Pat received the distinguished honor of being awarded “Mother of the Year” by the American Mothers Inc, Nevada Association.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lewis Swartz and Patty Victoria Masterson Swartz; her brother Walter Lawrence Swartz; grandson Michael Howard Avance; and great-grandson Declan Donald Peattie.
Pat is survived by her adoring husband Boyd Bulloch of North Las Vegas, NV; her children Bruce Bulloch, Randy (Robyn) Bulloch, Howard (Cristi) Bulloch, Dee Dee (Fadi) Khayat, Alicia (Mike) Avance, Brent (Diane) Bulloch, Bonnie Bulloch, Scott (Michelle) Bulloch, Troy (Erin) Bulloch, Roger (Megan) Bulloch, Rebecca (Kent) Wagner. Pat was very proud to be a grandmother to 52 and great-grandmother to 47 children.
A memorial service will be held at Civic Center and Tonopah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2401 E. Tonopah Ave, N. Las Vegas, NV 89030 at 11 a.m., January 20, 2018. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m.. Burial will follow at Boulder City Cemetery.