OBITUARY

Shirley R Spruill

December 18, 1946May 23, 2018
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Shirley Spruill, wife, mother and friend, gave up her arduous path to rest in the bosom of our Lord on May 23, 2018.

She is survived by her husband and best friend Douglas W. Spruill; her three children, Michelle Jakelis and husband Rix of Phoenix, Arizona, sons Jason Spruill and wife Alison and Zachary Spruill and wife Karen, both of Kingwood, Texas; and her three grandchildren, Caleb Michael, Evelyn Elizabeth and Jason Everett, Jr. (LJ) of Kingwood. Her grandchildren were her ultimate joy. Born Shirley D. Pilgrim on December 18, 1946 to A.B. Pilgrim and his wife, formerly Fannie Belle Croxton in Dallas, Texas, she later took the name of her mother’s second husband Raymond E. Riddle after the early passing of A. B. Pilgrim, thus becoming Shirley D. Riddle. She came to reside with Raymond and Fann in Irving, Texas during her infancy. In 1965 she was married to Doug and they dwelled in Irving until June 1979 when they moved to Kingwood, Texas. It was during that year she moved her church membership to Kingwood First Baptist Church from the First Baptist Church of Irving. Shirley attended Irving Public Schools and met her future husband in August 1962. After a 2 ½ year courtship they began their sacred marriage of more than 53 years, embracing each other and their respective families with respect and devotion. Shirley followed her husband as he attended responsibilities to our nation, living with him briefly first in Maryland, then in Kentucky and Virginia. In the year following, she lived with her dear in-laws as her husband served out of the country. With his return, the couple established a permanent home in Irving until their ultimate destination in 1979. In the ensuing years, eschewing a career, she devoted her life to her family, clearly personifying the Wife of Noble Character revealed in Proverbs 31:10. As she sought guidance for her family, she adhered to the principles extolled in Proverbs 26:10 – “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”, resulting in the development of three productive members of our society. Shirley was an excellent homemaker, learning much from her mother, mother-in-law and other senior examples about preparing meals, cleanliness and the overall business of running a household. She aggressively embraced her role in the family as matriarch, establishing expected patterns of behavior in good taste, sometimes seeming stern, but always compassionate. In her last years Shirley endured much, being afflicted with multiple health concerns. She complained little as she underwent various treatments, holding her despair within. She asked for little throughout and gave much. Wife, mother and friend as she took her last breath.

Services

  • Funeral Service and Memorial Gathering Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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Shirley R Spruill

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renee johnson

May 28, 2018

“Sissy Girl”
My beautiful sister. I'm willing to bet most never knew that I was her "practice" child. From the day I was born she was my protector. She loved me perhaps more than she loved herself.
Then she found love with Doug. I sat with her in the front yard eagerly awaiting him for their dates. In that formal gown you saw her wearing in those pictures, I was hiding underneath, wearing a pair of training pants and a food-stained t-shirt. He loved her so much that he knew that she was committed to sparing me from harm. I even went on dates with them. She truly hit the jackpot with Doug as he loved her unconditionally. I was nine when they married, crying my eyes out in the pew at the church as I thought it meant I would never see her again, no one had explained it to me. After they wed, they lived in a tiny apartment on campus of UTA. I was a skinny, freckle-faced, scrawny little brat. I would stay weekends with them on a cot, half of it would hang out of the kitchen. I spent every summer with them until I was a teenager. I was living with them when they brought Michelle home. Wow! I thought that was going to be my baby. LOL. I lived with them in Fort Knox before Doug was called to Vietnam. They were my heroes.
That picture of them at the football game says 1965, but really it was my high school game in 1973 when I was on the drill team. They never missed a game, they were my biggest fans. When I married, they had the wedding at their house. Doug's parents treated me wonderful, as well.
We fought sometimes, but even as the years took their toll on us and sometimes it went unsaid, I loved her more than anything. We were very close and I thank God everyday for loaning her to us for the time we had her. What a blessing. I will be seeing you, my “sissy girl”, when I go home.
Thank you so much, Doug for loving her and for taking such good care of her. I love you so much.
and almost without saying, Michelle, Jason, and Zachary, I love you too.

Pat Winslow

May 25, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Shirley's passing away. She was funny beautiful and a great Christian Lady. Our love and prayers for your peace and comfort.

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Biography

Shirley Spruill, wife, mother and friend, gave up her arduous path to rest in the bosom of our Lord on May 23, 2018.

She is survived by her husband and best friend Douglas W. Spruill; her three children, Michelle Jakelis and husband Rix of Phoenix, Arizona, sons Jason Spruill and wife Alison and Zachary Spruill and wife Karen, both of Kingwood, Texas; and her three grandchildren, Caleb Michael, Evelyn Elizabeth and Jason Everett, Jr. (LJ) of Kingwood. Her grandchildren were her ultimate joy. Born Shirley D. Pilgrim on December 18, 1946 to A.B. Pilgrim and his wife, formerly Fannie Belle Croxton in Dallas, Texas, she later took the name of her mother’s second husband Raymond E. Riddle after the early passing of A. B. Pilgrim, thus becoming Shirley D. Riddle. She came to reside with Raymond and Fann in Irving, Texas during her infancy. In 1965 she was married to Doug and they dwelled in Irving until June 1979 when they moved to Kingwood, Texas. It was during that year she moved her church membership to Kingwood First Baptist Church from the First Baptist Church of Irving.
Shirley attended Irving Public Schools and met her future husband in August 1962. After a 2 ½ year courtship they began their sacred marriage of more than 53 years, embracing each other and their respective families with respect and devotion. Shirley followed her husband as he attended responsibilities to our nation, living with him briefly first in Maryland, then in Kentucky and Virginia. In the year following, she lived with her dear in-laws as her husband served out of the country. With his return, the couple established a permanent home in Irving until their ultimate destination in 1979. In the ensuing years, eschewing a career, she devoted her life to her family, clearly personifying the Wife of Noble Character revealed in Proverbs 31:10. As she sought guidance for her family, she adhered to the principles extolled in Proverbs 26:10 – “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”, resulting in the development of three productive members of our society.
Shirley was an excellent homemaker, learning much from her mother, mother-in-law and other senior examples about preparing meals, cleanliness and the overall business of running a household. She aggressively embraced her role in the family as matriarch, establishing expected patterns of behavior in good taste, sometimes seeming stern, but always compassionate.
In her last years Shirley endured much, being afflicted with multiple health concerns. She complained little as she underwent various treatments, holding her despair within. She asked for little throughout and gave much. Wife, mother and friend as she took her last breath.