Shirley Brown Bogue, an award-winning writer, editor and publisher, died at her home on the lake at Hideaway Acres near Crofton, NE, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Her children and grandchildren were at her side. She was 96.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a time of sharing around 5:00 p.m. She will be buried in the Yankton Cemetery, next to her husband of 61 years, Bob Bogue.
A pioneer in weekly journalism, she is a member of the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame, was the first woman elected president of the Interstate Editorial Association and continued to be a strong and active role model for women journalists. An award winning columnist, editor and publisher
In 1952, Shirley and her husband, Bob Bogue, achieved a lifelong dream when they purchased the Oakland Independent, Oakland, NE, and became joint editor-publishers. Together they pioneered community journalism, developing and introducing a lively, human interest orientation that increased photo coverage, an expanded editorial page and weekly columns, resulting in numerous awards and honors over the years including the NPA General Excellence awards and AK-SAR-BEN Community Service awards.
Shirley Bogue also received the Theta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year for superior achievement on a weekly newspaper as well as the Nebraska Press Women Award and the National Editorial Association Award. Shirley's award-winning column, "More or Less Personal," captivated readers for decades.
Shirley Bogue's irrepressible interest in people and writing underscores her lifelong journalism career, which began when she joined the staff of the Hamline Oracle at Hamline University (St. Paul MN) and was later editor. It was here that she began her lifelong partnership, in marriage and journalism, with her husband, Bob.
Through the years, Shirley and Bob Bogue also published the Madison Star, the West Point Republican, the Lyons Mirror Sun and the Craig News. The couple traveled and reported extensively abroad. Shirley and Bob established an international Sister City link with Hammenhog, Sweden, resulting in a thriving exchange that still continues today, and established the Oakland Swedish Festival. Shirley formed and led the Nightingales, a singing group of journalists that enlivened many National Press Association meetings.
Shirley never truly retired. She published several books: More or Less Personal: The Meandering Mind of Shirley Bogue (2000), Chasing Rainbows; The Meandering Mind Of a Nine Year Old Girl In Small Town USA, 1929 (2005), and I Tried to Catch a Moonbeam (2011), a collection of poems.
Shirley was born in Olivia, Minnesota on March 28, 1919, to Ben and Clara Brown. She graduated from Olivia High School in 1937, and went on to Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., graduating in 1941. As three-year co-editor of the Hamline Oracle, the college newspaper, she won her first national journalism awards. After college, she spent a year teaching journalism, drama and English in New York Mills, MN, where she also founded the school's literary magazine.
She married her college sweetheart and love of her life Bob Bogue in 1942, and spent the next years raising her children - Jeff (born 1943) and Bobbie (born 1946). Shirley was active in her community. While the Bogue's lived in Fremont NE, Shirley was the president of the PTA, a member and officer in the American Association of University Women and a Cub Scout leader. Later, in Oakland NE, she was the choir director of the First United Methodist Church youth choir and the first Ladies Golf Champion of the Oakland Golf Club.
In 1983, the couple retired to Hideaway Acres, and Shirley began devoting her energy to relaxation and recreation. A consummate hostess, she filled her home with friends from all over the globe, and stayed active with tennis, golf and boating. Visitors to Hideaway will recognize the many songs Shirley composed and sang daily, praising her beloved Hideaway, its jolly inhabitants, and its natural beauty. Shirley loved nothing more than to be on her boat Happy Ours with a glass of Bailey's Irish Crème. Well into her 90s, Shirley could be found tooling around on her ATV and jet skiing on the lake. As Shirley penned, "there is no place like Hideaway."
In retirement, Shirley played a part in her community, now Yankton, SD. She was in several bridge clubs, a keen participant of groups such as, Golden K, and Hillcrest Country Club. A 90-year member of the First Methodist Church, Shirley was recently a member of the Yankton First Methodist church and sang in the choir for many years. An active Senior Citizen Center member, she enjoyed bridge and line dancing especially.
Shirley was the ringleader of endless adventures, a newspaperwoman who balanced career and family effortlessly throughout her life, and a woman who loved to sing, dance and smile daily. Anyone who set foot in her Hideaway home knows she had a smiley face collection rivaled by none.
She will be remembered as an eternal optimist, songstress and a devoted and supportive grandmother and great grandmother.
Survivors include her son, Jeffrey (Susan) Bogue of Denver, CO; daughter, Barbara (Gary Koopmann) Bogue, Alexandria, VA; grandchildren: Hannah (Steven) Williams, Alexandria, VA; Eve (Curt Odar) Koopmann, Arlington, VA; Zack (Marissa Mayer) Bogue, San Francisco, CA; and Katie Bogue (Troy) Miller, Los Angeles, CA; eight great-grandchildren: Bobby, Ben, and Grace Williams, Chase Ross, Finley and Kooper Odar, Macallister Bogue, and Tennessee Miller. Bob Bogue, her beloved partner, preceded her in death.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bob and Shirley Bogue Scholarship for Journalism at Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104, The Avera Sacred Heart Foundation, or the Yankton Senior Citizen Center.
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Our deepest sympathy and prayers. Shirley was one of a kind.........We knew her through boating on beautiful Lewis and Clark and The Center and enjoyed her friendship so much. She left us with many enjoyable memories and her book. God bless you all.
Don and Peggy Schiedel
Bobbie & Jeff - you are in our thoughts/ the leader of the left-handed club has passed.
My prayers are with you at this time of loss. What a great joy it was for me to minister to Shirley for many years. I always enjoyed our visits to her home and the times we went for boat rides. God bless you all.
Rev. Dean Trapp
We have been so blessed to have Shirley as our neighbor at Hideaway Acres. Our many get togethers and Hideaway adventures (including hay rides, ATV rides, bonfires, Snake Road, the Happy Tower. etc., etc.) are times we will never forget. She will be missed dearly. What a wonderful lady who lived a lifetime of smiles! Our sympathy to the family and to everyone who knew and loved her.
Fritz and Bonnie Dirksen
I was honored to meet Shirley through my Mom (Darlene Chambers). They were friends at the Sr. Citizen's Center. I loved her energy, friendliness, and stories of her life. The day my Mom told me that she had just been on a Shirley's houseboat as she invited some girlfriends to go up the river for lunch it blew my mind! I could just see these 70-80 year old ladies on the Missouri with Shirley at the wheel. Loved it. Even in these last few years, she always remembered me and my family and for that I will always be grateful. God's speed to you Shirley Bogue.
I am so blessed to have known Bob and Shirley. I thoroughly enjoyed cleaning house and keeping a eye on bob when she went to play cards and had many coffee and visits with him. Later on I really enjoyed helping Shirley put up her Christmas decorations and putting them away after the season was over. May God bless and help you through the grief.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
Bobbie & Jeff: You have our sincere sympathy on your recent loss. I was blessed to have had both your parents as my bosses at the Independent back in the 50's. Remember when Don and I house/baby sat for the two of you when our folks went to the World's Fair? We will miss the annual Bogue Noel each year also. Glad that she could enjoy her "retired" years so fully. We have lost a great lady!!
Ruth & Don Tucker
Jeff and Bobbie, I send my sincere sympathy on your recent loss. I am the daughter of Tom and Vi Licklider, publishers of the Renville Star- Farmer newspaper, Renville, MN. Both of our parents were friends going back to the early days of the newspaper business. My parents owned the Star-Farmer from 1950 to the late '90's, selling to my younger brother Dan. Both of my parents are gone now, both passing away in 2006, but I have many memories of your parents and your growing up through the Christmas Bogue Noel each year. I live in Omaha now, so I saw the obituary in both the Omaha and Renville Co. papers. May your memories bring you peace.
Delight (Licklider) Byrd
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