Shirley Myers Wendlandt
March 2, 1939 – February 17, 2021
Shirley Myers Wendlandt passed away into the arms of her Savior surrounded by her family in Leander, Texas, on February 17, 2021, at the age of 81.
Shirley was born on March 2, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the late Jack and Evelyn Myers After her high school graduation in 1957, she pursued a degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated in 1960. She pledged to the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After college graduation, Shirley taught biology at Austin High School. She married Fred Wendlandt on December 18, 1959, and they settled in Austin, Texas. Shirley and Fred had a unique bond and spent their weekends with family and friends together enjoying the outdoors at their ranch or their lake house on Lake Travis. Her children remember her as a loving and dedicated mother who was always willing to sacrifice her time to participate in the activities they loved, such as hunting, and fishing, and she was a constant presence at both her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
Shirley was an energetic, selfless, intentional, insightful, and hospitable individual, who loved her friends and family. She especially loved spending time with her four granddaughters and was always dreaming up new activities and adventures for them to enjoy. She was passionate about all her hobbies and interests, including a book club of 50 years, bridge clubs, gardening, and making their family ranch a place for all to enjoy. Warm and gracious, she was a true friend who had a unique ability to really “see” people and make them feel valued, known and important. And to all who knew her, it was clear that her faith was the most important thing in her life. She and Fred were very involved in their home church, Shiloh Bible Church. She took to heart the teachings of Jesus and never missed a chance to share her faith.
Shirley was also deeply committed to the philosophy and mission of her grandparents, Garry and Caroline Myers, the founders of Highlights for Children. Her father, Jack Myers, served as the Science Editor, and also as a board member, for almost 50 years. Shirley was elected to the board of directors in 1979 and served for a remarkable 34 years during a period of expansive company growth. She brought a quiet confidence and thoughtful approach to deliberations and led several searches for non-family board members. Most importantly, Shirley provided family “glue” for three generations of siblings and cousins. She was a wonderful listener, appreciating the views of others, and very persuasively sharing her own.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 61 years, Fred Wendlandt; her children, Clark Wendlandt and wife, Patti, and Scott Wendlandt and wife, Tavia; her grandchildren, Emily Wersig and husband, Michael; Morgan Smith and husband, Sean; Katie Rios and husband, Randy; and Lindsay Wendlandt; as well as by her sisters, Jackie Leonard, Linda Anderson, and Kathy Holland. She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The epitome of a strong and impactful woman, Shirley’s legacy and love of family and friends will live on for generations to come in the hearts and minds of those whose lives she touched. A celebration of her life is scheduled for March 5, 2021, at 2:00 in the afternoon and can be viewed via Weed-Corley-Fish Leander Funeral Home Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WCFLeander/ If unable to join live, the service will also be available to view in the “videos” section of their facebook page. A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2:00 in the afternoon at Ebony Cemetery, Brownwood, TX 76801.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shiloh Bible Church, P.O. Box 216, Richland Springs, TX 76871-0216; the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or a charity of your choosing. The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate caregivers at Heavenly Care and Hospice Austin for their care and dedication.
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Shirley Myers Wendlandt
February 26, 2021
Shirley left an impact on my heart. When new to Shiloh Church, she made me feel wanted and loved. She and Fred gave John and I free use of their Austin apartment while he was recovering from his heart transplant. That unselfish act of kindness and concern was a true picture of her love for others. My heart is with Fred as losing the love of your life is so difficult, but he loves his Savior and will receive the comfort the Holy Spirit brings. I loved sweet Shirley.
February 25, 2021
We loved Shirley and Fred with all our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our dear friend, Fred. She was such a gracious and sweet lady and will be greatly missed. May you have comfort in the knowledge that she is with the Lord and fully restored.
With much love,
Johnie and Lynn Reeves
February 24, 2021
What sweet, fun memories I have of my dear friend...so many wonderful years of friendship. Shirley will forever be a part of my heart and I am blessed by the years of friendship we did have together. I shall miss her dearly.
February 24, 2021
She always made our visits to the ranch fun & memorable. I always felt like family around her. I will miss her dearly.