Shirley Bowen Walker (80) passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
Shirley is survived by her four children; Steven Walker, Diane Walker, Dean Walker and his wife Colleen, Clay Walker and his wife Kim; and three grandchildren; Ryan Walker, Alisha Walker, and Matt Walker. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Abilene High School and went to McMurry College for her first year. She married Jerry Dean Walker and went to Texas Tech University, where she graduated with a BS in Education. They eventually moved to Kilgore, Texas, and were very active in the Methodist church. The family move to Dallas in 1968, and she worked at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Day School as a Pre-School teacher.
In the late 70’s, Shirley went to work for an oil & gas company because she had really enjoyed the geology class she had in college. She stayed in the oil & gas industry for 25 years and, through it all, she managed to stay employed through the volatile times in the oil & gas industry of the 1980’s and 90’s.
Shirley loved genealogy and family reunions. She traced her own lineage back to the 1700’s, which earned her membership in Daughters of the American Revolution. This was a source of great pride for her. Shirley was very active in the Peters Colony Chapter of the DAR.
Shirley loved to travel with her family, especially to the beach. She truly loved the sand, the sea shells, and the waves lapping onto the shore.
Shirley was a very kind, tender-hearted woman, and had a personality that people loved. Her children have said that their high school friends would come back from college to visit Shirley, even knowing that her kids were not at home.
Shirley’s true loves in life were her four children, her daughters-in-law, and, most especially, her 3 grandchildren. She loved to be involved with every family event. She was a very loving and caring mother.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Coppell, 420 South Hertz Road, Coppell, Texas, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice.
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