July 9, 1923 - April 12, 2018
Shirley Hathorn died on April 12, 2018, at Presbyterian Manor. She was surrounded by her four nieces and at peace. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Floral Heights United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Goodrich and Rev. Don Yeager officiating. Interment will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, April 16, 2018 at Crestview Memorial Park, under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
Shirley was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 7, 1923 and moved to Wichita Falls in 1927. She attended Zundy Junior High School and Wichita Falls Senior High School, graduating in 1941. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a degree in physical education. She taught at Midwestern University and Chicago. Later, she graduated from the Grady Vaughan School of Physical Therapy School at Baylor Hospital, in Dallas. She practiced as a Physical Therapist initially in Dallas at Baylor Hospital and later at the Cripple Children’s Hospital and then in Wichita Falls, Texas for over 20 years. Later she was became a certified emergency medical technician and served as a volunteer EMT in Wichita Falls.
She loved physical activity all her life. She played tennis and golf regularly and boosted that she could still break 83 when she was 83.
She grew up vacationing in Creede, Colorado with her family, fell in love with the area and purchased a ranch there in 1961. She enjoyed spending summers camping and hiking with friends and upon retirement lived in Creede full time until she returned to spend winters in Wichita Falls.
She grew up attending Floral Heights United Methodist Church. In her later years she was active in the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls and First Baptist Church of Creede. She helped establish the Alpine Ministries serving the southern Colorado Campgrounds.
Shirley is survived and beloved by her four nieces, Kathy Barbour-Roberts and her husband Rick, Julie Albright and her husband Bill, Sherry Cronin and her husband Loren and Lory Randolph and her great-nieces and nephews, Ben Barbour, Greg Barbour, Sarah Jane Barbour, Rod Roberson, Kimi Dallman, Angela Kennedy, Christina O’Brien, Jack Randolph and Ryan Randolph.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Wichita Falls for all the wonderful, loving care they provided to Shirley.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.