Gwendolyn R. Shoemaker


Gwendolyn of Sun City West, AZ, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Hospice of the Valley.

The youngest of six siblings, Gwen was born August 31, 1936, to Elva and Ardie Edgar in Conesville, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, and husband, Ben.

Gwen married Benjamin A. Shoemaker March 17, 1954. They owned and operated Sioux City Motorcycle Sales in Sioux City, IA for 25 years prior to moving to Arizona. Gwen was a successful business entrepreneur for several years as the owner of Fashions for You at the Sundome Plaza in Sun City West. She enjoyed being active in the community and was blessed with the acquaintance and support of many friends.

Gwen is survived by daughters Rhonda (Mark) Chilton and Renae Means both of Pinetop, AZ; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Tom) Holladay of Katy, TX, Sarah Means, Aaron (Brittany) Means, and Laura Means all of Show Low, AZ, and eight great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Brenton and Allison Holladay, Elora and Stryder Means, Emily Roberts, Landon and Greyson Means and twin girls Zoey and Maizy Means due in April.

Services will be at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, February 21st, 2020, at Palm West Community Church in Sun City West, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Surprise PCU, 14066 W. Waddell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85379 or to Palm West Community Church, 13845 W Stardust Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375. Please join Gwen’s family in sharing memories, pictures or videos on her tribute wall at