Shirl E. Braxton, center, a long-time advocate of bicycling and co-owner of the Braxton Bike Shop, passed away at age 91 on November 24, 2020. She had been living at The Village Health and Rehabilitation assisted living center in Missoula, Montana. Shirl is survived by son Bart Braxton (wife Terri), grandchildren Aaron (wife Emelie) and Laura (husband Blake), and great grandchildren, all of Spokane WA. She is also survived by son Dalt Braxton of Missoula, and nieces Sheri Scott and Judy Nordstrom, along with hundreds of friends in the USA and abroad. Husband Sam Braxton, her outdoor companion in bicycling, downhill skiing, hiking, mountaineering, and canoeing passed away in 1988. Her genuine love of bicycling, family, and friends is the stuff of many fond memories and bicycling legend itself.
A celebration of Shirley Braxton's life was held on Tuesday 5/25/2021. Please see the flyer, created by Greg Siple, below.
The Braxton Family has selected the Adventure Cycling Association and Missoula Bicycle Club to receive donations "In Memory of Shirley E. Braxton." Both MBC and ACA are 501c3 bicycling organizations in Missoula, Montana that have long been supported by the Braxtons along with the Tour of the Swan River Valley beginning in the 1970s. The Braxton shop also custom-assembled bicycles for the Hemistour Bicycling Expedition in 1972. If you would like to donate to the Adventure Cycling Association please contact them directly.
You may make your donation to Missoula Bicycle Club in memory of Shirl below, using your credit or debit card. Please select an amount or Other and enter the amount of your donation and then enter your payment information. Funds donated in memory of Shirl will be designated to fund repair and refurbishment of the bike racks designed and built by Sam Braxton and in place at Free Cycles in Missoula.
This donation page and fund will remain open until February 1, 2023. At that time any additional balance will be donated to Free Cycles Missoula for continuing maintenance of the Braxton bike racks.
To read June Siple's story "Missoula's Legendary Braxton Bike Shop: An Oasis for the Cyclo-Tourist" published in the Adventure Cyclist in June, 2018, go to: