Shirley June Smith
July 11, 1931 – August 14, 2018
Shirley June (McWilliams} Smith of Hamilton, died peacefully at her home on August 14, 2018, with her family near. She asked that people celebrate her life "as I am happy to be going home to live with my Heavenly Father and said recently that she felt it was time to go because "I am 87 and I have had quite a ride." She was born in Malakoff TX on July 11, 1931 to Clyde Thomas and Eugenia Fay (Blankenship} McWilliams, of whom she said it, was "a blessing being raised by loving and Christian parents." Shirley loved her family and said "God blessed me when he led me to Gene when I was 14 and again when I married him at 17" and "that I was further blessed with two beautiful children, Michael Gene and Dona Denise-these three people were my entire world." When her children were younger she served as grade school room mother for both; was a Cub Scout leader; a Brownie and Girl Scout leader; a 4-H adult leader; and sponsored the high school youth group (CYF) and later the college group at her church in Denton for many years. Her home was always open and was a gathering place for all the neighborhood kids. She loved to tell how her carpet was worn from the front door to the refrigerator where children could always go to find sliced veggies for a snack. Shirley loved children all children and said, "My only real talent was working with children and loving them." She was never blessed with grandchildren of her own, but she became "Aunt Shirley" to too many children, most of whom has kept in touch with her over the years. She was baptized at the age of 12. She and her family joined First Christian Church in Denton TX in the early 60s and she continued her membership there for life. Shirley is survived by her children Michael G Smith and his wife Suzan of Dallas TX; her daughter, Dona D Smith of Hamilton TX; one brother, Ronald P McWilliams of Marietta GA, and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene C Smith of Hamilton, her brother Clyde R McWilliams, and her sister Barbara F (McWilliams} Goddard. There will be no public service. However, her family is planning a reunion in her honor to celebrate her and share her story. Shirley suggested that anyone wishing to honor her make a donation to Hamilton County Public Library at 201 N Pecan St, Hamilton TX 76531; to the Michael J Fox Foundation (Parkinson's disease) at www·michaeljfox.org or Donations Processing, Michael J Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown MD 251411; or to the Hamilton General Hospital Auxiliary at PO Box 93, Hamilton TX 76531. A simple suggestion inspired by Shirley is to give a child a book to read or make time to read to a child.