You would have surely known up to now that Shirley doesn't share any kids with her late husband. The reason behind this maybe because they were over 40 years old when they tied knot and decided not to have any child but parent the actor's kids instead. Jerry's kids are from his ex-wife with whom he divorced in 1974.
Had a Car Accident
It was back in 2016 when Ann and her spouse had a terrible car accident which eventually started the decline of Jerry's health. Though she wasn't affected seriously, her husband had problems in his internal organs which was slowly taking his life.
Passing Away of Spouse on her Lap
Two years after the car accident, in January 5, 2018, Jerry passed away at the age of 86 on Shirley's lap in their countryside ranch at Hot Springs of Arkansas suffering a congestive heart failure.
The actor was not recovering well from the accident he had couple of years back which eventually marking his life's end.
Not only that, he even made her to have sex with his fellow friends from the acting industry.
Step-Daughter Committed Suicide
On 17th of November, 1991, Shirley's step-daughter Kelly aka Nancee Kelly committed suicide at her apartment by hanging herself to death.
Kelly had a very rough history with the use of drugs which made her do the deed of taking her own life. She was married to late actor Jack Nance at that time.
Widow of a Millionaire
Dick Van Dyke's sister-in-law is the widow of a multimillionaire. Yes, her late husband Jerry held an amazing net worth of $40 million from his successful acting career in movies and television shows.
Residence in Arkansas
Shirley currently resides at the ranch that she and her husband used to live together. She lives in a 800-acre property located in Hot Springs, Arkansas of the United States.
Low Profile Life
As most wives of celebrities, Ann also stays out of the limelight as much as possible. Before Jerry death, she used to be somehow spotted with him in public but after he died, she has been living a very private life and we respect her privacy.