Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shirley R. Heater Obituary

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Shirley R. Heater Obituary

Shirley R. Heater, 74, of Oak Grove, Missouri, passed away March 21, 2017.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ,

Oak Grove Restoration Branch, 1203 N. Broadway, Oak Grove, Missouri.

Shirley was born January 4, 1943, in Council Bluffs, IA, to Quentin and Irma Renshaw. She

graduated in 1961 from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, and in 1978 moved to

Columbia, Missouri, to attend the University of Missouri, receiving her degree in archaeology in

May 1982. She also spent six weeks studying archaeology at a university in Mexico City in 1981.

In 1962 Shirley married Dennis Eakin and had a son David and daughter Denise. Later, in 1980,

she met Dennis Heater, and they were married on March 21, 1981, combining their families of

Shirley’s two children and Dennis’ two sons, Mark and Daryl. Dennis and Shirley moved to Oak

Grove in 1986.

Her employment included working at NASA in Houston Texas, from 1973-1977 until she moved

to Independence, Missouri, and became secretary for Bishop Pearson. During this time she

served for 10 years as secretary for Thelona Stevens with the Foundation for Research of

Ancient America. For 14 years, 1984-1999, Shirley worked for Ray Treat at the Zarahemla

Research Foundation doing research on the Restored Covenant Edition of The Book of Mormon.

Pursuing a business hobby, Shirley purchased a doll business in 1999, creating and selling

clothes and patterns for Barbie dolls online. She was working with this business until her death.

Around 2008, Shirley and Dennis became active with the Pre-Columbian Studies Institute with

Shirley contributing articles for their publication and joined the board in 2009 as vice president.

In 2010 she established the Quetzal Archaeology Center for Mesoamerican Research and wrote

and published Quetzal Codex until the organization merged with The Book of Mormon

Foundation in January 2015. She then served as their vice president until her death.

Dennis and Shirley went on an Alaskan Cruise in September 2009, and following Shirley’s avid

interest in archaeology and how it relates to The Book of Mormon, they spent two weeks on a

Book of Mormon Archeological tour in Mexico in 2011 and attended numerous classes and

seminars on archeology at universities around the United States. Shirley also gave seminars and

classes about The Book of Mormon. She was particularly interested in the area of geography,

and at the time of her death was working on creating a booklet of different maps concerning

locations relevant to The Book of Mormon account.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Quentin Renshaw. Survivors include

her husband, Dennis; son David Eakin of Cape May, NJ; daughter Denise Eakin of California,

MO; sons Mark and Daryl Heater, both of Columbia, MO; grandsons Sabre Ogalsbee and Cody

Heater; two granddaughters Brandi and Brittani Heater; and five great-grandchildren.

Shirley’s humble spirit and scholarship in all areas of The Book of Mormon will be greatly


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Book of Mormon Foundation, 210

W. White Oak, Independence, MO 64050.

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