Longtime teacher brought Hawaiian spirit to Redlands Community Center | Obituary






Shirley Marie Scott Resor


Shirley Marie Scott Resor, a lifelong teacher who moved to Redlands late in her life to be near her grandchildren, died on January 16, 2022. She was 91.

She was born on August 28, 1931 in Detroit, to Harold and Marie Schoenbach. As a teenager, she had a crush in a swimming pool, which prompted her to become the first in her family to learn to swim at the YMCA.

At 19, she entered Long Beach State University where she earned a degree in education and a teaching degree. She taught for years in public school and became active as a Sunday school teacher. In 1991, she completed her master’s degree in English as a Second Language at Chapman University and began training adults.

While living in Long Beach, she married UCLA graduate David Troy Scott. They moved to Tustin and started a family. She liked to entertain and cook.

Later in life she was married to Jack Resor and moved to Kauai, Hawaii. She embraced Hawaiian culture and became an accomplished hula dancer and learned to play the ukulele. She dived almost every day. She became an artist, painting beautiful landscapes, including palm trees and tropical life.

In 2006, Shirley and Jack returned to California to be closer to their family, who now had many grandchildren, landing in Redlands. She played hula with the Redlands Hawaiian Tutus and played ukulele at the Redlands Community Center. She and her husband were active members of Trinity Church and never missed the elders’ lunches.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society and frequently entertained family and friends at Redlands Country Club.

She is survived by sons, Harold and his wife JoAnn, and Ron and his wife Teryl; daughters Linda Cavarno and her husband Bruce, and Nancy Toohey and her husband Tom; with his grandchildren Katrina, Gavin, Andrew, Steven, Trevor, Camlyn, Landon, Toby, Michael, Timmy and Caleb; nieces Karen Molina, Tina Shereda, Darlene Bennett, Bonnie Cooney and Erica Zuchowski; nephew Wayne Cooney; and his sister-in-law Donna Balch.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 at Montecito Memorial Park at 3520 E. Washington St. in Colton. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, 1551 Reservoir Road, Redlands. Guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to LifeHouse Theatre, 1135 N, Church St., Redlands, CA, 92374, lifehousetheatre.comor Inland Empire Lighthouse for the Blind, at 359 E. Parkcenter Circle South, San Bernardino, CA 92408, ielighthousefortheblind.org.

Jill E. Washington