Shirley Faye Elliot was born July 19, 1939, at Huntington, Oregon, to parents Dwight Stark and Gladys Dorothy (Smith) Lockett. She died Thursday, December 22, 2016, at her home in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 77.
Shirley was raised in Huntington and graduated from Huntington High School. She attend secretarial school for one year. She met her future husband, Donald Ray Elliot, at the Snake River Stampede Rodeo where she was a princess, and they were married April 6, 1958, in Ontario, Oregon. They moved to Hermiston in 1966.