Shirley Kingsley

Shirley Kingsley, a compassionate soul who touched the lives of many, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning Feb. 25, 2024. Born in an era when kindness was a currency, Shirley dedicated her days to selflessly serving others. Her legacy is etched in the hearts of those who knew her.

Shirley’s unwavering commitment to community service was remarkable. She delivered meals on wheels, bringing nourishment and smiles to the doorsteps of those in need. At the state veteran’s center, she washed and styled hair, offering dignity and care to our nation’s heroes. Her tireless efforts extended to her neighbors, where she provided companionship and support, making their burdens lighter.

A thrifty spirit, Shirley reveled in finding bargains. Whether it was a hidden gem at a garage sale or a discounted plant for her beloved garden, she knew the value of a dollar. Her green thumb flourished as she tended to her flowers, coaxing life from the soil and finding solace in nature’s beauty.

Shirley drove a school bus for many years in the West side of Monte Vista. Shirley’s leisure hours were filled with newspaper puzzles, reader's digest, chocolate, gardening, solar lights and puzzle pieces. Sisterly bonds were precious to her, and she embarked on delightful trips with her two sisters, Dolly and Charlotte, creating memories that would last a lifetime. She was a talented oil painter and many family members enjoy her works in their homes.

Her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Shirley’s love knew no bounds, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand especially if someone was needing help with something. Thursday morning coffee with her fellow vet center volunteers was a cherished ritual — a time for laughter, shared experiences, and camaraderie.

Shirley Kingsley was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Sylvia Pargin, her husband James Kingsley, her youngest son, Larry Kingsley, and her granddaughter Danielle Kingsley. 

She is survived by her sisters Charlotte Metz of Aztec, N.M., and Dolly Dillinger of Pagosa Springs, her children Paul Kingsley of Monte Vista, Charles Kingsley and Shawna Baker of Oklahoma, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

As we bid farewell, let us honor her memory by extending a helping hand, sharing a smile, and cherishing the simple joys that Shirley held dear. There will be a memorial celebration in June 2024 in Pagosa Springs. No service at this time.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes and words of comfort for Shirley’s family, please visit

Rest in peace, dear Shirley. Your light will forever illuminate our hearts.