She was born on April 5th, 1925 in Williams, AZ to William and Claire Lewis. She grew up amongst the orange groves of sunny Rialto, California. She was an outstanding student and ran track. After high school, she attended business college. She later worked as a secretary at the Army base in San Bernardino, California.
While attending First Presbyterian Church, she met the love of her life, Elton Cary. In 1947, Elton proposed to Shirley at the Rose Bowl Parade. Later in 1947, Shirley married Elton Cary and remained married for sixty nine years. Elton and Shirley met soon after the end of World War II where Elton served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. as a Buck Sergeant.
Together they raised their three children Daniel, David, and Clairanne. Family was always a priority for Shirley which is evident by the family she left behind.
Shirley is survived by her children Daniel and his wife Cammy, David and his wife Valerie, and Clairanne and her husband Curt, and her 10 grandchildren, in order of age, Jaeton, Austin, Madisen, Trenton, Taylor, Allison, Mikayla, Madelyn, Nolan, and Grant.
Visitation will be 12:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Havenbrook Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Norman, Oklahoma, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman.
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