Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Shirley Jean (Hatfield) Hillian 1947-2004

Shirley Jean Hillian was born February 11, 1947 in Bloomington, Illinois. She was the only daughter, and one of two children born to the union of Gordon W. and Velma G. (Threlkeld) Hatfield.

When Shirley was very young, her family moved to the Pulaski County, Missouri area, where she graduated from Waynesville High School in 1965.

Shirley professed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized in the river near Dixon when she was a young woman. She attended the Grace Covenant Christian Center.

Shirley worked as a waitress at several area restaurants including the Arches in St. Robert and places in Dixon, but most of her life was dedicated to the love and care of her three precious children, Sheila, Julia and Michael. She also cooked and cared for all of their friends who would gather at her home. She also enjoyed reading, doing crafts and collecting lighthouses. Shirley took cake decorating classes and made beautiful, delicious cakes.

Shirley went home to be with her Lord the afternoon of Thursday, February 19, 2004 at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 57 years and 7 days.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother: Velma Hatfield; two daughters: Sheila and Julia Godfrey; one son: Michael P. Hillian; one brother: Roger Hatfield, all of Dixon, MO; 8 grandchildren: Natasha Hillian, Alex, Thomas, James, and Jason Godfrey, Mia Hillian, Gracia and Dustin Hatfield; one nephew: Richard Hatfield and one niece: Roberta Hatfield; several other relatives and friends.

Shirley's father, Gordon Hatfield preceded her in death in 1976.

A memorial service was held at 3:30 PM Thursday, February 26, 2004 at Grace Covenant Christian Center with Pastor Judi Tillett officiating. Soloist Brenda Sands sang "Amazing Grace" and the song "Because You Loved Me" was played. Shirley's son, Michael, gave a beautiful eulogy.

Burial was in Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Shirley Hillian and left at the funeral home.

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