Shirley Fairvalley, 87, Artist, model, and realtor

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Shirley Peters Fairvalley of Hilton Head Island, S.C., died on Sept. 15, 2013. Born on May 19, 1926 in Chicago to the late Ben F. and Mayme Peters, she spent her young school years in Berwyn and River Forest. She attended Ferry Hall, a private girls school in Lake Forest, graduating as class president in 1944, then attended college at the University of Illinois.

An accomplished artist, she sold many originals. She spent a decade as a realtor in Riverside and had a modeling career with Bonwit Teller in Chicago and Oak Brook. She was a member of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Riverside Chapter, and was also a member of the Sea Pines Country Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Her special interests included art, sports and a love of fishing in Canada.

She married Jay Fairvalley on Feb. 2, 1952. She was the mother of Jill Fairvalley Griffith (David) of Dallas, Texas and J.C. Fairvalley II (Debra); the grandmother of Schuyler McCoy Griffith, Rush Peters Griffith, Wallis Ann Fairvalley and Grant Peters Fairvalley; and the aunt of Mr. & Mrs. Kent Peters, Dr. & Mrs. Randel Peters, and Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Peters. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, the late Don B. Peters.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 pm on Friday, Sept. 20 at Providence Presbyterian Church on Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head, S.C., with a reception following from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Harbour Town Grill. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Arrangements were handled by the Island Funeral Home.

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Jackie Frant from Savannah  

Posted: September 21st, 2013 10:51 AM

I am happy I had the opportunity to know Shirley. She always had a smile and a laugh for everyone. She adored her yellow sunshine dots to keep her focused on happiness - and I adored her company as we drank chocolate martinis together. RIP Shirley - it was a hell of ride.

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