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Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Team Member: Shirley Organ

Jan. 13, 2017

2017-01-13_587938ed50561_ShirleyOrgan_SYGNShirley Organ, a beloved member of the Greenlee Elementary staff and a legend in the Greenlee community, passed away on Jan. 12, 2017.

Organ had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer for the past few months, and throughout her fight she continued to put students and families at the top of her priorities by going to Greenlee every day to support the school community.

Organ began working at Denver Public Schools (DPS) 31 years ago where she started as a paraprofessional educator. She then began teaching fifth grade at Greenlee in 1992, and continued to work at the school for the remainder of her career and long after retirement as her grandchildren and great-grand children currently attend the school.

Organ maintained a very active lifestyle as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a local Rotary and Square Dancing Club, and much more. In December, Greenlee held an Honor Night to show appreciation for Organ and her dedication to the community. Nearly 200 people attended the event, including her family, current and former students, parents and school leaders from Greenlee.

“The number of students and families she impacted is immeasurable,” said Kristen Collins. “She was a beautiful, strong and intelligent woman who brought warmth to everyone’s heart.

“Mrs. Organ has always been so much more than a teacher, staff member, mother and grandmother,…she has and always will be in the heart of our students, families and the community at Greenlee Elementary,” Collins added.

Organ is survived by her five children — Bob, Bill, Becky, Carol, Connie — and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. For additional information regarding services for Organ, visit