Shirley Ann Arruda passed away April 4, 2024 in Eureka, at the age of 95. She was born in Oregon on March 21, 1929.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John V. Arruda. Shirley lived a very full and active life. She loved camping, square and round dancing, flower gardening, social gatherings and traveling with her many friends and family. She and her late husband, John, had dairy ranches in Ferndale and Eureka where she was active in all aspects of farm chores and being a homemaker. After retirement from farming they became actively involved with the Humboldt Hoedowners, a square dance club.

Shirley was an active member of the PFSA Council #3, Eureka, attending and participating in various charity drives and events. She is survived by three children, Linda J. Mateus and husband Salomao of McKinleyville, John J. Arruda and wife Teri of Colorado, Arlene M. Finney and husband, Tim; grandchildren Mark A. Mateus and wife Jennifer of San Jose, Terry L. Mateus and wife Stephanie of Kent, Wash. and Jamie B. Johnson of Colorado; great-grandchildren Melissa and Mason Mateus, Keegan and Branden Johnson.

A private family service will be held on April 18, 2024 at 1 p.m. Casket bearers will be Salomao Mateus, Tim Finney, Mark A. Mateus and Terry L. Mateus. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Humboldt, Eureka.


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