Sudden student death affects many

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Linda Shireman, yearbook photo editor and Potter Hall art monitor, was known for her amazing artistic talents in ceramics, painting and photography, but her unexpected passing has left a lasting impact in the art department and yearbook.

Shireman, born Sept. 30, 1963, passed away November 2, 2009 in Maysville, MO at the age of forty-six. She was both a devoted mother and grandmother and left behind many loved ones and friends.

Jim Estes, Art Professor and also Shireman’s advisor said she was a great student, and he admired her tenacity.

“I had a lot of admiration for her,” Estes said. “Her work continued to improve every semester. She loved simple, eloquent form. Yet, she ended up with pieces that were very complex.”

Estes said sometimes Shireman was hard to read.

“I wished she would have opened up more, but sometimes she wanted to keep very private,” Estes said.

Her memorial service was held November 5 and featured many of her paintings and pottery.

Missouri Western student, Dereck Dew, who took numerous sculpture classes with her, said he really enjoyed having classes with her.

“I thought she had a really good dry wit,” Dew said. “She was understated. She was funny as hell.”

Art Department Associate Professor Allison Sauls said Shireman was a very hardworker and many will miss her.

“There was an outpouring of shock and grief in the art department when everyone found out,” Sauls said.

Teaching assistant Amy Chastain said she enjoyed working with Shireman on the Yearbook. Chastain was editor-in-chief when Shireman was photography editor.

“She always got her stuff in on time,” Chastain said. “She was passionate about photography and she definitely excelled at what she was good at. She will be greatly missed.”

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