Shirley's Story

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Memorial service for Shirley Wells Herndon will be Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church, Chickasha, OK. "To live in this world you must be able to do three things: To love what is mortal, to hold it against your bones knowing your life depends upon it, and when the time comes to let go, to let it go." - Mary Oliver We said goodbye to Shirley Herndon, a living wife, mother and grandmother, on February 25th. She was surrounded by her family at home in Chickasha. Shirley was born to John and Pearl Wells in Hobart, Oklahoma on May 20, 1926. She grew up on a farm in Gotebo, Oklahoma. She graduated from Gotebo High School and went on to attend the Wesley School of Nursing. There she met her husband, Robert Herndon, while he was studying medicine and they married on June 26, 1948. They would spend the next 67 years growing old together. After Bob finished his commitment with the Navy, they moved to Chickasha in 1954 and began the new adventure of raising 4 rambunctious children. Her children and grandchildren remained one of her most enduing pleasures throughout her life. There were countless nights with the house on 8th Street bursting at the seam with family get-togethers. She was a seamstress and excellent cook, two passions which she put to good use in clothing and feeding her large family! She and Bob had a love of travel and had many trips of a lifetime, including medical missions throughout the world. She aided Bob in caring for the people of a small island in Honduras, Utila, a trip that is forever etched into the lives of her children. Their home was full of crafts and memories from these adventures. Her faith was of the utmost importance to her. She spent many summers at Laity Lodge indulging her curiosity and swimming in the Frio River. She was an active member of UMW for many years, and loved to teach Sunday school. Her church community was a bulwark to her in hard times and a continuing source of joy throughout. She joined her parents, John and Pearl Wells, and her brother Eddie, on Thursday, February 25th. Her legacy is continued by her husband Robert E. Herndon, of Chickasha and her four children: Chris Herndon, of Duncan, his wife Karen and their two daughters and four grandchildren. David Herndon, of Chickasha and his wife Linda and their two daughters and four grandchildren. John Herndon, of Chickasha and his wife Loretta and their two children and two grandchildren. Nancy Hendrick of Norman, and her two children and four grandchildren. Finally, as Helen Keller said, "My friends have made the story of my life." Thank you to all those who helped write a chapter in Shirley's!
Published on  February 29, 2016
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