Shirley Anne Smith passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023 at home in Bryan, Texas. She was surrounded by family and her best friend, Sheila Womack. Shirley was born in Houston, TX on October 26, 1944 to Estelle and Louie Fowler. She had a very humble upbringing, and grew up with her brothers, James, John, Mike and Wayne. Later in her childhood, she was happy to welcome new siblings- Lanelle, Sharon, and Paul. She met her husband, George, when she was only 12 years old. Their friendship grew into romance and they were married on May 19, 1962 in Houston. Shirley and George raised three daughters, Cheri, Charla, Christie, and a son, Mark. They moved from Houston to North Texas in 1970, where they spent the last 50 years of their lives in Kaufman, TX.
Shirley was an immensely talented person. She had a beautiful soprano voice and was a member of the “Singing Women of Texas” choir for many years. She was a master at needlepoint, crochet, and painting. She had an eye for decorating and worked as an interior decorator before taking a job with Southwestern Bell as a long-distance operator. After retirement, she remained home to care for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Shirley was an introvert and not one to brag about her generosity or accomplishments. For many years, she was an active member at Red Oak Baptist Church and was faithful in her giving. She also gave to various charities. She was an avid reader and collector of books. While others watched TV, Shirley read quietly and contentedly. She was an amateur draftsman and drew stacks of architectural drawings- complete to scale. She had a passionate love for all birds and collected bird figurines.
Shirley chose to move to Bryan, TX to live with her daughters for the final year of her life, where she was able to be visited by friends and family. She joined Reliance Baptist Church and attended as often as her health permitted. She spent her time crocheting, reading, and watching birds. She shared with us that she was ready to see her husband and daughter “when the time came.”
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Estelle and Louie; her husband, George; her daughter, Cheri; and her brother, Mike. She is survived by her son-in-law, Michael; her daughter, Charla and son-in-law, Jeff; her daughter, Christie; her son, Mark; brothers, Jimmy, John, Wayne, and Paul; and her sisters, Lanelle and Sharon. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She loved each and every one of them. Above all, she loved Jesus and we take comfort that she is with Him and her loved ones in Heaven. She will be forever missed.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
“For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” Romans 14:7-9