Shirley Elliott Cosby

January 31, 1938April 13, 2018
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Graveside services for Shirley Elliott Cosby, 80, of Emory, are scheduled for 11 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Creagleville Cemetery in Grand Saline, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

Mrs. Cosby passed away April 13, 2018 in Tyler. She was born January 31, 1938 in Tyler, TX to Bruce Robert and Kinnie Viola Jones Lewis.

Shirley was an accomplished poet winning multiple state and national awards at the State and National Poetry Federation Societies. She retired from Bonar Packaging after working in the field of Human Resources. Shirley was a Methodist by faith. Most importantly, she was a cherished wife, mother and Gram.

Mrs. Cosby is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Monica Elliott Murphy; sister, Barbara McKnight; and brother, Robert Lewis.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Robert Cosby of Emory; daughter, Traci Elliott Nelson and her husband, Steve, of Fort Worth; two grandchildren: Michael Cason Nelson and Anna Leigh Nelson; and a son-in-law, William David Murphy and his wife, Victoria, of Tyler.

The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Monday at the funeral home.


  • Robert Lee Cosby, Husband
  • Traci Elliott & Steve Nelson, Daughter
  • Michael Cason Nelson, Grandson
  • Anna Leigh Nelson, Granddaughter
  • William David Murphy & Victoria, Son-in-law
  • Bruce Robert Lewis, Father
  • Kinnie Viola Cosby, Mother
  • Monica Elliott Murphy, Daughter
  • Barbara McKnight, Sister
  • Robert Lewis, Brother


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Shirley Elliott Cosby

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May 1, 2018

Poem by Shirley Elliott Cosby read at her services by son-in-law, Steve Nelson:

Via The Milky Way

Beyond the hills
lie iridescent stars.
The stars have a way of flirting --
always winking.
I want to walk to heaven
when my time comes
using stars for stepping stones.
I want to go via the Milky Way --
skipping leaping
brushing stardust from my hair.

I want to drift into the universe --
maneuver from one star to another.
I want to twirl in the gravity of the moons,
hold to a comet's tail,
balance on one toe,
and slide
into the light


April 15, 2018

I was so shocked to hear about Shirley's death at the Poetry Society of Texas state meeting yesterday. Shirley was a lovely woman and an excellent poet. She won many of the annual contests offered by the Poetry Society of Texas, as well as national contests offered by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. We have missed her at our awards banquet for the last few years, but I knew her husband had been very ill one year when I contacted her. That year, she won PST's top contest, in addition to several others. She will be missed greatly.

I pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this sad time.

Catherine L'Herisson,
past president of PST