In Memory of Mrs. Shirley Strivings

by | May 21, 2021 | Death Announcements

From the Office of Bishop Bob


In sadness, we share the news that Mrs. Shirley Strivings, spouse of The late Rev. Roscoe Strivings, died on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Mrs. Shirley Strivings was born on May 26, 1923. She passed away one week shy of her 98th birthday. She was the widow of Rev. Roscoe Strivings who was the founding pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Phoenix. Until age & dementia took their toll, Aldersgate and related activities were Shirley’s main interests. She had been living in a care home in Mesa to be close to Roscoe’s granddaughter & husband Carole & Ed and their family. Shirley was a combo of feisty and sweet right up to the end, liked to be treated like a princess and loved a piece of cake! She was a prisoner of a mind and body that were worn out. Thank God she is free and happy!

Rev. Roscoe Strivings was born in March of 1897 in Gainesville, NY. He died in November 1983 in Phoenix. He and Shirley married in 1954. He was admitted on trial in 1931 and became an elder in full connection in 1933. He served in the Pittsburg Conference of the Methodist Church and served several churches in the New York area. He transfered to the Southern California-Arizona Conference of the Methodist Church and served at East Long Beach and First UMC in Glendale, AZ. His service in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church included Glendale, AZ: First UMC; Oxnard: St. Paul’s UMC; Hacienda Heights: St. Matthew’s UMC. In the Pacific and Southwest Conference of The UMC, he continued serving at Hacienda Heights: St. Matthew’s UMC and then served in the California-Pacific Conference. Rev. Strivings retired in 1969.

A memorial service is pending.

Condolences can be sent to:
Carole Strivings Dunshie
5129 E. Forge Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206

Memorial Gifts may be made to:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
3530 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life of Mrs. Shirley Strivings, please hold her family and friends in prayer at this time.

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Author: Episcopal Office

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