OBITUARY

Shelby Jean (Hamblen) Birdsong

June 7, 1937July 3, 2019

In loving memory of Shelby Jean Birdsong, loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a deeply faithful woman, who always put the Lord first in her life. She was a loving wife of 55 years to Don C. Birdsong. They met in the second grade in Blythe, California and fell in love in high school. They were married when Shelby was just 17 years old and Donnie was 18. She loved him still up until the day she died.

Shelby enjoyed going to Church every Sunday. Playing checkers and cards with her grandkids and great grandkids, reading the Bible and listening to Religious music.

Shelby was born on June 7, 1937 in Caruthersville, Missouri to Thurman and Gertrude Hamblen. She was the second oldest of 5 children. She departed this world bound for the streets of Heaven on July 3, 2019 in Yuma, Arizona after having battled cancer for the last several years.

She is survived by her son, Wesley (Debbie) Birdsong of Newark, Calif., Five Grandchildren, Shaunna (Charles) Cowan, Vanessa (Gerald) Brack, Lance “Bo” (Alex) Birdsong, Shaunte (Elias) Perez and Stephanie (Ryan) Priest, Thirteen great grandchildren, Christine Cowan, Catilynn Cowan, Denise Birdsong, Gavin Brack, Austin Priest, Isabella Birdsong, Landon Priest, Wyatt Brack, Myles Priest, Mikah Birdsong, Jacob Perez and Harper Priest, all of Yuma, Arizona.

She is preceded in death by her Husband of 55 years, Donnie C. Birdsong, Parents Thurman & Gertrude Hamblen, Sister Wanda Sutton, Brothers, James, Raymond and Donald Hamblen. Daughters Valerie Hasler, Marsha Sullivan and Granddaughter, Denise K. Birdsong.

  • FAMILY

  • Wesley (Debbie) Birdsong, Son
  • Shaunna (Charles) Cowan, Grandchild
  • Vanessa (Gerald) Brack, Grandchild
  • Lance "Bo" (Alex) Birdsong, Grandchild
  • Shaunte (Elias) Perez, Grandchild
  • Stephanie (Ryan) Priest, Grandchild
  • Christine Cowan, Great Grandchild
  • Catilynn Cowan, Great Grandchild
  • Denise Birdsong, Great Grandchild
  • Gavin Brack, Great Grandchild
  • Austin Priest, Great Grandchild
  • Isabella Birdsong, Great Grandchild
  • Landon Priest, Great Grandchild
  • Wyatt Brack, Great Grandchild
  • Myles Priest, Great Grandchild
  • Mikah Birdsong, Great Grandchild
  • Jacob Perez, Great Grandchild
  • Harper Priest, Great Grandchild
  • Thurman Lee Hamblen, Father
  • Gertrude Hamblen, Mother
  • Don C. Birdsong, Husband
  • Wanda Sutton, Sister
  • James Hamblen, Brother
  • Raymond Hamblen, Brother
  • Donald Hamblen, Brother
  • Valerie Hasler, Daughter
  • Marsha Sullivan, Daughter
  • Denise K. Birdsong, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Charles Cowan
  • Elias Perez
  • Nick Wood

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Mary Jane Gilley

July 15, 2019

Sorry to hear about her pain. She had been ready to go since I first met her. I will say my goodbyes and take her some RED ROSES! She loved them. I, on the other hand love yellow roses. We spent many hours talking about them. I guess in all honesty I'm glad it's over. She was never truly happy since her youngest daughter went to Heaven. Then when Sammy had to be put down. He was her last connection to the past and all that she lost. I'm glad she is now at peace and with those she loved and missed so much. I will miss her.

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