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Shirley Marie Means

17 August, 193916 October, 2020
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Shirley Marie Means, 81, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 16, 2020.

She was born on August 17, 1939. She was the daughter of William Waitman Robinson and Gladys Robinson Stalnaker.

Shirley married the love of her life Douglas Means on August 9, 1957. They shared a birthday, three sons, and 56 years of marriage. Doug preceded her in death in 2013.

Shirley’s greatest love was her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and mommaw. She not only loved spending time with her family, but was also known for sending love letters and notes expressing her love and support.

Shirley retired after serving many years as a secretary at the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office. After retirement, Shirley served as a secretary to various State Senators and was an election poll worker. She was a Christian by faith and a member of South Ruffner Freewill Baptist Church. Shirley loved the beach – whether it be her annual fall excursion or summer family vacations.

She is survived by her sons, Cliff (Peggy) of Charleston, Clay (Trina) of Valley Point, and Tim (Joyce) of Midlothian, Virginia; her brother, William Robinson (Barbara) of Charleston; step-brother, Charles Stalnaker (Judy) of Charleston; grandchildren, Jamie Jarrell (Wes Caruthers), Cassie Means Moore (Ray), Camden Means, Autumn Scott (Dan), Haley Means, Tyler Means (Ashley Tran), and Grant Means; and 11 great-grandchildren, Aiden & Sophie Jarrell; Gabriel, Zachary, Colten, Caden & Carsen Moore; Emma & Nolan Means; and Cambreona & Carlee Caruthers. She also leaves behind several very special nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, William Waitman Robinson; mother, Gladys Robinson Stalnaker; and step-father, Lawrence Stalnaker.

There will be a walk-through visitation from 12:00-2:00p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

A private family service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, with the Rev. Lee Turley officiating. The burial will follow the service in Robinson Cemetery, Charleston.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is mandated by the Governor and the CDC that proper facial coverings be worn and that social distancing be observed. Temperatures will be taken upon entry to the funeral home.

The family wants to thank the staff of CAMC Memorial MICU, 3 North, and HospiceCare for their love and care.

The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

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Janie Means

October 24, 2020

She was a treasure. Our family will forever remember the fun on our back porch. She will be missed but forever in our hearts ♥

Pat Hunter

October 19, 2020

To The Means Family

May the wonderful memories of Shirley sustain you and your family in your process of healing.

Shirley was very special to me and my family. I shall miss her and our phone calls we shared over the years.

The Hunter Family

Gail Goodnight

October 19, 2020

I was so saddened to see that Shirley passed on, but I know she is with the Lord. I met Shirley when she worked for the State. As soon as we met, I knew I had found a friend for life. She and Doug made me and my children feel like we were part of their family. My kids still have the wooden treasure chests that Doug made for them. Even after Shirley retired, when we ran into each other or talked on the phone, we would talk and talk catching up. And most of the conversations were about our families. Shirley, as I am sure you know, absolutely loved her family. She was always telling me about the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. I felt I knew each of you. Every time I see an iris, I think of Shirley. She used to have the most beautiful garden of irises by the house. I feel wondrously blessed with the love and friendship of Shirley. Unfortunately, I am unable to come to the visitation, but know that my thoughts are with Shirley's family. May the Lord be with you and comfort you. Gail

Andy Richardson

October 19, 2020

Cliff, Clay, and Tim:

Deepest sympathy in the passing of Shirley. What a wonderful lady...as children, she was truly a Mom to us all in South Ruffner! I will always picture that infectious smile. She was very proud of each of you...I fondly recall running in to her when my work took me to the Capitol - she always wanted to catch up, hear about my family, and brag about you and your families.

Regrettably, I cannot make it to the visitation today, but you are very much in my prayers. If I can ever help any of you in any way, please be in touch. Much love for all of you in this challenging time.

Sue Pauley

October 18, 2020

Cliff, so very sorry for your loss. Albeit short, I had such fond memories of Shirley. I can imagine how much she will be missed.

Prayers for the family.

Trina Means

October 18, 2020

When it came to mother in laws, I had a great one. We didn't always agree on everything, but we LOVED. She was a true matriarch. She conforted and loved all her family. I have so many wonderful memories with her and Doug. They were always ready for camping adventures. She had patience with everyone. She was so proud of her "boys" and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I've never seen anyone show more joy and excitement over opening a present! It was always a joy to me to give to her because she was a very giving person herself. She gave life to the love of my life and I'm forever thankful. Rejoice in heaven, Shirley!

Terri Brooks

October 18, 2020

My cousin, Shirley, was an inspiration to all who knew her as she shined God’s light to everyone around. When Shirley would visit my Mom in Powhatan or in Tombstone, AZ, we would laugh, sing old hymns, and talk for hours. She was so full of love and joy and shined her love through any hardship she may be experiencing to help others. We will miss her so dearly, but we know in our hearts, that Heaven gained back an Angel. Condolences, love, hugs and prayers to her family and friends.
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