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Shirley Ann Stone

Obituary for Shirley Ann Stone

September 15, 1929 - August 31, 2020
Austin, Texas | Age 90

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Shirley Ann Stone, 90, passed away peacefully and entered the gates of Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of August 31, 2020 in Austin, TX.
With her family close by, and only being allowed limited visitation because of Covid-19 restrictions, we are forever grateful to the staff at Legacy Oaks Austin and Melissa and Nina at Magnolia Hospice for the love and compassion they showed in her final days.

Shirley was born on September 15, 1929 in El Paso, TX to Kehoe and Alice Shannon. She attended the Texas College of Mines (UTEP) where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and met her husband, Jim, her freshman year. Soon after marrying, they took a trip to San Antonio and the Texas coast. She always said Jim was "hooked" once he saw the ocean, so they happily relocated to San Antonio and both sets of their parents joined them.

Shirley married at the age of 17 (said she was almost 18) and widowed at the young age of 43. She was the sole in-home caregiver to her husband who battled ALS years before Hospice came into existence. She also cared for her elderly mother for many years and unselfishly made her four grandchildren the number one priorities in her life.

Following the passing of her husband, Shirley went to work as a secretary for the counselors at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, TX. She remained in that position for over 30 years before reluctantly retiring. She met many students and the children of students over the course of those years. At her retirement party, students and facility spoke about her kind heart and how she welcomed and treated them all like family. Shirley was so devoted and loyal to her job that she relinquished an inordinate amount of unpaid vacation hours. Teacher Retirement personnel told us they had never seen so many unpaid hours cross their table.

Shirley's best friend of many years was LaVerne. Yes, long before the TV series "LaVerne and Shirley"! Because Shirley was an only child, LaVerne was like the sister she never had. They shared many wonderful memories together over the years.

Shirley was also a longtime member of Los Angeles Heights Presbyterian Church and later Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she made many dear friends, was a church Elder, sang in the choir, and answered phones. She was a Cub Scout, Brownie, and Girl Scout leader and also President of the PTA at Olmos Elementary.

Our beloved "Mom Moo" was the matriarch of our family. Compassionate caregiver, super sleuth of after-Christmas sales, cheese and rice aficionado, enchilada lover, and most importantly putting others above herself, were just some of the endearing qualities that described her. Whether it was taking her grandchildren to Sea World, Fiesta Texas, or just having them spend the weekend—these were the things that brought her the most joy and created cherished family memories.

Some of the highlights of Shirley's life were birthdays and holiday gatherings with family and friends and making beautifully decorated and delicious cakes. She made many specialty cakes for friends and work associates, her daughter's wedding, and theme cakes for all of her grandchildren's birthdays. There wasn't a style, shape, or request that she couldn't conquer.

Shirley considered herself very blessed to see the marriage of three of her grandchildren and the birth of three great-grandchildren. She adored all of her grands and great grands and she lit up when they came to visit.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father Kehoe Shannon, mother Alice, and husband James Stone.

Her survivors include son James Stone, daughter Brenda Grafft, beloved daughter-in-law Sandra Stone and favorite son-in-law Chris Grafft. Her surviving grandchildren include Jason Stone (Casey), Ryan Stone (Samantha), Katie Sykes (Hunter), Taylor Grafft, and step-grandson Aaron Grafft (Kristen). Her surviving great-grandchildren include Jaci Shannon Stone, Savannah Shannon Sykes, and Logan Ryan Stone.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the safety for all, final interment for Shirley will be private at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery where she will be eternally united with her husband.

In lieu of flowers, Shirley would be honored by memorial donations to Magnolia Hospice at 1250 E. Copeland Rd, ste. 260 Arlington, TX 76011, or Covenant Presbyterian Church at 211 Roleto Dr. San Antonio, TX 78213.

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