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Shirley Dettling Brennen, 84

Shirley Dettling Brennen, 84

Shirley Dettling Brennen, 84, of Hendersonville died Monday, June 16, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Brennen was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late Edwin John Dettling and Louise Helen Sullivan Dettling. Shirley was raised in Miami Beach, Fla. , attended St. Patricks School and Barry College where she was a music major.

Shirley was active in the Junior League of Pittsburgh and the Auxiliary league of Mercy Hospital. She and Hugh have resided in the Asheville-Hendersonville area for the last 40 years.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 65 years, Hugh James Brennen; a son Hugh James Brennen, Jr. and his wife Terri of Talking Rock, Ga.,; daughter, Sally Witherington and her husband Charles of Marietta, Ga., and daughter Louise Helen Brennen of Hendersonville; a brother Edwin John Dettling, Jr. and his wife Barrie of St. Michaels, Md.; other survivors include four grandchildren Sara Louise Gabriel, Jennifer Chapin, Victoria Witherington, and Charles Witherington; one great-grandson, Brennen James Chapin.

Services will be private.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.