Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA


Shirley Hughes Wagner

June 3, 1932July 22, 2020
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Shirley Hughes Wagner, 88, of Varina, passed away at her home on July 22, 2020.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Wagner.

Left to cherish her memory are her five children, Kathy Robinson (Sterling), Colleen Burton (Bubba), Christy Owens (Roy), Karen Maxey (David) and Kevin Wagner (Denny). She also leaves behind to continue her legacy 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Although afforded the gift of travel in the years her husband was employed with Eastern Airlines, for her, there truly was no place like home and her family. In the last years of her life, she gained such enjoyment from time spent with her grand and great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 23231. Interment will follow in Washington Memorial Park.

Please note that masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to your local pet rescue or the American Cancer Society.


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Shirley Hughes Wagner

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Charlotte Adams

July 31, 2020

Love and Blessings to all the Family at loss of Mother Grandma Great Grandma. I remember bringing my Mom Edna to see her and always a pleasant visit for cousins to get together. Now they are both in Heaven together with our Savior Jesus Christ enjoying life eternally. One day I will see them both again.
Prayers sent for all the Families as she has finished her journey of life here and will affect all of life’s journey for all her family.
Love Charlotte Lee Adams
Naples Florida

Keegan Robinson

July 28, 2020

Grandma, I will always cherish the beautiful times we got to share together. I will never forget the memories I have visiting your house, flipping through your photo albums, catching up, and eating too much candy. It didn't matter whether it was when I was just a little boy or had grown into a dad myself, you always made me feel like family. Missing you...

Debbie Boykin

July 27, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about your Mom❤️ You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻 Cherish all of the good memories ❤️

Colleen Burton

July 27, 2020

I'm sure going to miss our weekly outings. I never knew where she was taking me. But no matter where we went I always had a hard time keeping up with her.
God bless your sweet soul ,at last you are with Daddy
Thank you for living all these years without him so your children could have someone

Harper Robinson

July 27, 2020

The memories I can share are all so very endearing of my beloved Grandma. She lovingly held my son, my daughter, and myself when we were just babies. This love was no different than what my mother shared with me, that which we share with my own children and will always hold in our hearts. Today, I express my love for my, “Grandma Paw-paw.” Lauren, Quinn, Merritt and I love you - we will miss you dearly.

Debbie Hensley

July 27, 2020

I will never forget my times spent with Shirley!!! She was the sweetest and kindest lady ever ! I loved going to her house on occasion to help her clean her house which was usually 99.9 percent clean already as she was an excellent housekeeper !!! I would sit down as per her request and she would feed me and share pictures of her beloved family !!! She sure was a proud mother and grandmother !!! I will miss her and I know she is now in her forever home with her husband that she also adored !!! I love you Ms. Shirley ♡♡♡

Jean Garrett Steingold

July 26, 2020

My heart is with you all as you say goodbye to your mother and grandmother. She was such a sweet lady, treating me as just another one of her kids when I spent time at the Wagner house with Colleen.

Syndi Pickney-Blunk

July 24, 2020

Your mom was a special person. She put up with me as a teenager hanging out at the house with Karen...

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