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  • Shirley Ann (Muehlbach) Hunt, 87

  • Owned Eagle’s Nest Resort in Horseshoe Bend
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  • Shirley Ann (Muehlbach) Hunt, aged 87, died peacefully with her daughter at her bedside on 26 February 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO.
     Shirley was born 5 July 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Stephen & Margaret (Brunhoffer) Muehlbach. In 1950, Shirley married Orville James (Jim) Hunt in St. Louis, MO.
     Shirley was an exceptional woman before her time. In the early 1950s Shirley worked for McDonnell Douglass on the Gemini & Apollo Space Programs, as an Executive Secretary.  In 1952 Shirley & her husband, Jim, purchased raw land on Horseshoe Bend, on the Lake of the Ozarks "just to have a place to camp on". In 1963 they decided to build the fifth resort on Horseshoe Bend, Eagle's Nest Resort. In 1970 Jim died, yet Shirley decided to continue to independently operate this business until this resort was sold in 2000. She then retired from the business world but never lost her professional expertise.
     Filled with genuine interest in the lives of her family & friends, Shirley correspond in her beautiful and distinctive handwriting with many. She was also gifted in wordsmithing-creating or copying limericks of interest to her. Shirley's idea of a perfect evening was sitting next to a roaring fire, reading a mystery novel or watching TV & having a stiff bourbon & coke at her side. She very much loved her family & always made time to listen to them. 
    Shirley won almost every Scrabble game she ever played & was known affectionately as the "Professor" by her weekly Scrabble partner of 10 years, Harry Jones.  She regularly completed crossword puzzles in pen. Shirley was always known for her ever present optimism, pleasant demeanor & quick, intellectual wit, which she never lost, despite her severe medical issues.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville James Hunt, her parents, Stephen & Margaret Muehlbach, two brothers, Robert & Donald Muehlbach & one grandchild, David Bedwell.
     Shirley is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Hibdon, of Hermann, MO, her granddaughter, Stacy Kirchhoff, & her two great grandchildren, Kane Kirchhoff & Jiphia (Josey) Johnson, of Warrensburg, MO, and many other much-treasured cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.
     Shirley's life will be celebrated with two memorial services. A private interment in the family plot will be held at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, by the family at a later date. In lieu of donations, the family requests that you honor Shirley by living her example of making someone laugh, giving a hug, or saying "I love you" to your special loved ones.
     
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