Shirley Rae Woods, 74, of Granger, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. She was born on July 7, 1945 in Cuero, Texas where she lived for most of her adult life.
She raised two daughters as a single parent, instilling in them a sense of independence and a good work ethic.
She was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church, taking on the role of “sunshine lady” (card writer) for her Sunday school class. She loved her church family dearly and always had a smile and hug for everyone. If you were ever lucky enough to share in one of Shirley’s homecooked meals, you would know that she was a wonderful cook and liked making food for others to enjoy as well. She made the best hamburgers, pork roast and chicken fried steak!
Shirley enjoyed life’s simple pleasures throughout her lifetime and was content in doing so. One of those enjoyments came from adult coloring. She often said that a sense of calmness and peace would wash over her when she was coloring, and she could sit for hours at a time, creating beautiful pictures. Another enjoyable pastime of Shirley’s was watching television. Over this last year, she was able to watch old favorites like Andy Griffith, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven with renewed joy. And on Sunday evenings, she would declare that she had a “date with Columbo”! She was also an avid reader; suspense and mysteries were her favorite genre. It’s a pretty safe bet that she has read everything by Stephen King and James Patterson!
Shirley received a lot of pleasure from playing games too. Yahtzee, Tri-ominos, Gin Rummy and Crazy Eights being her top choices. This enjoyment was cultivated from many years of playing with her own ailing mother.
Left to cherish Shirley’s memory are her daughter Cherlyn Kuecker and husband, Daniel; grandsons, Jonas Adkins and Deacon and Jenson Kuecker; as well as other relatives, friends and church family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Della Cockroft Fahning; father, Raymond Quick; sister, Sue Hoser; sister, Lois Trammell, and daughter, Lynda Adkins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Cuero. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Baptist Church.
Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She is, and will continue to be, deeply missed.