Shirley Ann Slack
June 17, 1937 – July 18, 2020
Shirley passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in Oklahoma City.
Shirley Ann Ash was born June 17, 1937, in Chattanooga, Oklahoma to James Mathias and Lola Edith (Hill) Ash. The second youngest of seven children, she was raised on the family farm and graduated from Cache High School in 1955. She started nursing studies at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she met Donald C. Slack as one of her Chemistry teaching assistants.
On August 5, 1956, she and Don were united in marriage at the Holy City in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge north of Cache. They began their family in Enid and remained there until 1969 when they moved to Crescent to take over the family drug store. While in Crescent she did the bookkeeping for Don’s Drug and was involved in the church and multiple women’s clubs.
Shirley and Don moved to Edmond in June 1977, where she worked for Temp Safe and then later the Oklahoma Corporation Commission from which she retired in 1996. Shirley moved to Norman in 2013 following the death of her husband.
Her family was always an integral part of her life and she was viewed as a “second mom” to many. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant everything to her and she affectionately became known as “Mimi” to all. Shirley loved music, was a church organist and pianist in Enid and Crescent, enjoyed singing, sewing, going to the horse races, and playing games with the family. According to her, she was the only one of her brothers and sisters that did not cheat in dominos when playing moon. Shirley loved to travel including several trips to Europe and a cruise to Cozumel, Jamaica and the Caymens. She would have traveled even more extensively had her health allowed.
She was an avid OSU and OKC Thunder Fan and loved watching sports. Shirley was an incredible cook always wanting to try new recipes and was best known for her amazing meringue pies.
During her time in Norman she was blessed to have a loving church family at McFarlin Methodist along with amazing and caring friends that looked out for her including Judy Hyden, Vickie Santellen, Charles Young, Tiffany Hyde, Jenny George, and April Johnson.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Robin Noad of Bath, England, a son and his partner Jeff Slack and Joshua Ries-Lander of Fort Worth, TX; two grandchildren, Alyssa Cozby and her husband Geoff of Kalaheo, HI and Anthony Hancock of Norman; five great-granddaughters, Aidalynne, Avery, Audrey, and Aurora Cozby and Essence Hancock; sister-in-law Inola Ash of Cache, and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her parents Jim and Lola Ash, three brothers Boyd, Dale and Richard Ash, three sisters, Evelyn Moore, Joyce Rhoads, and Bettye Jackson, and a daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Jim Hancock.
- Todd Ash, Active Pallbearer
- Anthony Hancock, Active Pallbearer
- Joshua Ries-Lander, Active Pallbearer
- Gravelly Finley III, Active Pallbearer
- Mark-David Ballard, Active Pallbearer
- Eric Nulisch, Active Pallbearer
- Charm Poe, Active Pallbearer
- Geoff Cozby, Honorary Pallbearer
- Phillip Ash, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jonathan Ash, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bobby Jackson, Honorary Pallbearer
- R.D. Ash, Honorary Pallbearer
- Brent Ash, Honorary Pallbearer
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Shirley Ann Slack
July 23, 2020
You have taught me what it is to be a loving, giving wife, mother, sister, daughter, family member, and friend. I will try to follow your example!
July 22, 2020
My dearest friend Jeffrey,
I am so deeply saddened for you and the family. I know your momma was a huge part of your heart and your life. I wish I could be there to give you a big ol' hug and hold your hand. The days, months, years ahead will not be easy but I know you have great strength and will take it one day at time. I hope you and Karen find comfort in each other. Reach out to people when you need to; you are not alone. Much love, always -Clee
July 20, 2020
Shirley shared her beautiful grandaughter with us, who is our daughter in love. We then shared our 4 beautiful grangirls. The girls will always remember their Mimi. She was also our sister in Christ. We will see each other again with an eternity to talk about our girls.