OBITUARY

Mrs. Shirley Lay

September 3, 1946August 2, 2019
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Mrs. Shirley Wilma Lay was born September 3, 1946 in Kaufman to parents James Edward and Julia Wilma (Davis) Whiteley and entered eternal rest on August 2, 2019 at the age of 72. Shirley was a loving, caring, generous, joyful, sweet, honest beautiful woman who gave all to her family. She raised three boys on her own working as a seamstress. Shirley enjoyed crafts, sewing, reading, and making things like baby blankets and flags She was a member at Styx Church of Christ. Shirley was an amazing woman who will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved her.

Shirley was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Bruce and Mattie Elizabeth Davis; paternal grandparents Jasper and Carrie Whiteley; father James Edward Whiteley; daughter Julia Elizabeth Lay; grandson Tyler Lay; niece Vada Avant and husbands; Billy Ford, Royce Lay and Bill Snell.

She is survived by son Jeff and Debbie Ford of Claremore, OK; son Jimmy and Elizabeth Ford of Claremore, OK; son Nolan and Paula Lay of Mountain Home, AR; grandchildren Mickey and Alison; Chelle; Jesse and Allyssa; Trinity and Harley; Taylor and Caygan; Steven and Tanya; great-grandchildren Raelynn, Jaxxston, Athena, Athalia, KayLeann, and Wesley, mother Julia of Kemp, brother James and Diane Whiteley of Kemp and sister Rita and Johnny Avant of Kemp, other loving family members and many more friends. A visitation for Shirley will be held Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home, 1226 S. Elm St., Kemp, Texas. A funeral service will occur Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home. A graveside service will occur at King Cemetery, Aley, Texas.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 10, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

Memories

Mrs. Shirley Lay

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Tammie Reneau

August 6, 2019

Shirley was the sweetest lady... we’ve known her since the kids were little bitty.
She would always come to Aley Picnic and everyone would visit. Our family’s were always close to her and Royce. She will be missed.
Prayers for her Family.

Kerri McKinley

August 6, 2019

Love love love for Aunt Shirley ❤ outstanding seamstress and fantastic human. Rest in heavenly peace sweet angel.

Paula Lay

August 6, 2019

Momma Shirley was a real inspiration in my life. She was always so generous, and caring. She loved us all so very much. She was trying to teach me how to see one time and I messed up and she told me just move and let me do it...😄 She is was and always will be in my heart ☹️. What a sweet mother in law, you will forever be in my heart and greatly missed. I love you momma Shirley.

Jean Ann Warner

August 3, 2019

I remember so many fun times at Aunt Lizzie's playing with Shirley & Rita. James E. steered clear of us! Shirley always had something up her sleeve that would amaze me. Always the smiling, upbeat, prissy one. Dear Shirley is pain free & hugging her daddy now.

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