Shirley Kay Sovereign

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Shirley Kay Sovereign

Shirley Kay Sovereign, 75, of Lincoln, passed away May 7, 2020; she was born on August 18, 1944 in Riverton, NE. to Walt and Leah (Bower) Williams. She was a retired assembly worker for Lester Electric.

Shirley is survived by her son, Mark (Tina) Sovereign, daughter, Pam (Bob) Love, all of Lincoln, sister Leota (Roger) Haake, of Tobias, NE., grandchildren, Patti Allen, Nicole Donahoo, Halie and Ryan Sovereign, great grandchildren, James and Jenna Allen, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Eulogy written by granddaughter Halie Sovereign 

Grandma Shirley

I would like to begin with a quote from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green:

The nurse asked me to rate my pain. Though I couldn’t speak, I held up nine fingers. Later, when I started feeling better, the nurse came in and called me a fighter. “You know how I know?” she said, “You called a ten a nine.” But that wasn’t the truth. I didn’t call it a nine because I was brave. I was saving my ten. And this was it… This was the great and terrible ten.”

Hazel Grace says this as she prepares for the funeral of her soulmate, who passes away from the enemy, Cancer. This was her ten on the pain scale.

This kind of pain is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. It’s a heavy, deep, ache shocking my system. Rattling my bones. An empty space now being filled by a sea of tears and memories of her.

Shirley was a proud mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, and so much more.  What each of these titles share is a deep love and respect from those who had the blessing of knowing her. I had the honor of being her granddaughter. What a gift that was and always will be. She often put the needs of others before her own, a true selfless act. An embodiment of unconditional love, my grandmother took pride in being available to her loved ones          . A listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a warm hug, a sassy spitfire that made you laugh, and an honest to goodness-for your own good-truth teller. A straight shooter, I could always count on her, as we all could.

When my grandma asked me to give the eulogy, she reflected on a memory:

During one of her stays in the hospital due to a stroke, weak and exhausted, she still maintained her sense of humor. As my mom, dad, and I waited in the ER with her, she lay in a hospital bed and pressed her call light for a nurse to help her to the restroom. When she finally gets up in just her gown, she looks back t my mom and I and says: “Now, don’t you be looking at my cracker ass!” We all laughed.

I’m grateful to have many fond memories with my grandma, and it’s hard to pick just one. I loved when she’d visit me at my apartment with lunch and her and I would do nothing but talk all afternoon. She had this way of making me feel understood and touched my soul unlike anyone else. My grandma and my forever friend.

The song that will be played next is from my heart to yours. ("Your Words"-Tori Kelly)

Rest now, angel.

I love you more!

Memorial Service will be 1:00 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel, 245 N. 27th Street, Lincoln, NE.   

Cremation no visitation

Graveside Services 1:00 Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Riverton Cemetery, Riverton, NE.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.


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