Shirley Ann Tasso-Haggard, 81, of Winter Haven, Florida, formerly of Clinton, went to be with Jesus at 3:15 AM on Sunday, June 13th, with her family at her side, after a hard-fought battle with an aggressive infection.
She was born in Clinton on August 3, 1939, to Joe Carrera and Mary Stariha, who preceded her in death. She was the oldest of four sisters and grew up on her parents’ dairy farm located on the outskirts of town. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1957, while also working part time at the Daily Clintonian newspaper, before getting married and moving to San Clemente, California. While in San Clemente, Shirley waitressed at a local diner and happily spent her spare time at the beach soaking up the California sunshine.
Eventually, she divorced, moved back to Clinton, and began working as a secretary at Ethyl Visqueen. It was then that she married Louis Tasso, and had a daughter. After a few years, she began working as an administrative assistant at Eli Lilly and Company, where she later retired after 25 year of service. Although she divorced a second time, Shirley eventually met and married her current husband, Robert Haggard, with whom she recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.
In addition to being an amazing mom, grandma, wife, aunt, and sister, Shirley was simply someone fun to be around. She loved life, she cherished her family and friends, she loved to dance, she was a fierce card player, she could tell a joke better than anyone, and her smile and laughter would light up a room. She was definitely one of a kind, beautiful inside and out, and will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched.
Shirley is survived by her husband Robert Haggard; daughter, Tia Tasso-Litz (husband Tim) of Brownsburg; three grandchildren, Tori, Josh, and Haley Litz of Brownsburg; three sisters, Catherine Ekaitis (husband Harry) of Florida, Betty Reynolds (husband Jim) of Terre Haute, and Patty Berrisford (husband Rick) of Clinton; three nieces, Nikki Morgan, Lori Nevins, and Becky Moore; and two nephews, Joey Endres and Brian Berrisford.
Visitation will be this Sunday, June 20th, from 4:00 – 8:00pm at Frist Funeral Home in Clinton. The funeral service will be held the following day, Monday, June 21st, at 11:00am, also at Frist Funeral Home, with celebrant Marta Adubato officiating. Graveside service will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute. Online condolences may be made at www.fristfuneralhome.com.
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