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Shirley Nelson moved to Port Orford on Oregon's South Coast, after having lived 28 years in Medford. A writer since childhood, she became an elementary school teacher. As an interested observer of her new environment, Shirley learned the history of Curry and Coos counties. She published a book in 2005 about Coos and Curry counties titled What Happened Here?. She has published three other small books: North Curry Elder Wisdom, based on interviews of senior citizens published in 2007; Home at Last, a history of the Port Orford Public Library, published in 2008; and Port Orford and North Curry County. Nelson has published articles and poetry in several magazines, including Oregon Coast. Besides reading and writing, Nelson enjoys traveling, walking, bowling, music, cooking, and volunteering in community activities with her husband of 54 years, Milt. They have four children and two grandchildren.