Shirley Fay Asqueta was born in Elk City, Oklahoma on November 2nd, 1938 to Bonnie and Lester Talkington. Bonnie and Lester packed up their four children in their model A and moved to Sand Hollow, Idaho when she was a toddler. On the family farm, Shirley developed a lifelong passion for animals and rode horses with her sister Gayle. At school, she participated in numerous extracurricular activities. She was a twirler, drummer for the school band and a varsity cheerleader. While at school, she met Ray Ohrt with whom she married and had two children, Terry and Jodi. Later, their marriage ended in divorce. She began working at Burns Chevrolet in Caldwell where she met her future husband, Vic Asqueta. Vic and Shirley had, two daughters Vickie and Amy. An industrious self-starter, she along with Vic and Bob Asqueta, founded Asqueta Paint and Glass in 1965 and went on to establish multiple stores throughout the Treasure Valley. In the late 70’s, she returned to working at Idaho First National bank and ultimately retired from the banking industry in 1996.
In her free time, she enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, researching genealogy, antiques and continued to be involved with horses. A passionate life-long learner; her curiosity can be encapsulated in the following quote, “I never found the end of the Internet.”
Towards the end of her life, she possessed a lightness and a sense of humor that allowed her to take things in stride. She passed away at home on February 19th, 2019 surrounded by family. She was proceeded in death by her mother, Bonnie Bailey and Father, Lester Talkington as well as her son, Terry Ohrt; her infant sister, Virginia Lee Talkington; and Sister, Carol Allen. She is survived by brother, Merle Talkington; sister, Gayle Blanc; daughters, Jodi Carlin, Vickie Surico, and Amy Asqueta, son-in-law, Allen Surico; grandchildren, Tina Balderston, Ashley Simpson, Evan Simpson, Will Ohrt, Amber Sweeney, Joey And Allison Surico. Many great-grandchildren and one great great grandson, many nieces, nephews and cousins.