Shirley Ann Lee, who family and friends considered loving, faithful, fun, and wonderful, joined Heaven’s choir on Friday, June 11, 2021 at her home in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 84.
Born on November 20, 1936, to Barney and Mamie Nations in Henderson, Texas, Shirley grew up learning hard work from her oil field working father and general store working mom. Shirley met her husband, Howard, at East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas. In the mid 1950’s their dates, as well as her ministering with Howard at church’s would begin with her dad driving to Marshall, Texas, picking her up and driving her out of the gates of the college. Since the rules of the college were that a girl could not leave the college with a boy, she would then get in the car with Howard and drive off with him to abide by the rules of the school. Her dad would then go to the river and fish until it was time to take her back to her dorm. This led to 65 amazing years of a marriage and partnership in ministry that began on June 15,1956.
With an Education degree, Shirley spent much of her life teaching or serving elementary schools in the office, ending her career having been the secretary at Herbert Marcus Elementary School in Dallas for many years.
She served faithfully alongside Howard in music ministry in Texas and Oklahoma churches, including First Baptist Church Pryor OK, First Baptist Church Henderson TX, Northway Baptist Church in Dallas TX, First Baptist Church Borger TX, First Baptist Church Muskogee, and finally Royal Haven Baptist Church, where she and Howard along with Richard and LaJuana Ross began an exciting and beautiful ministry, reaching hundreds of lives, young and old, literally changing them for eternity. She helped develop, lead, and support church wide worship programs for children, youth, and adults, that included leading youth choir/mission trips across the country. They spent the final 39 years of their ministry serving together at Royal Haven Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Her relationship with Christ gave her a special joy for life, fun, a deep and caring love for people, and a devotion to her family that was evident to everyone that met her.
Though her entrance into heaven is what we celebrate, she will be greatly missed by her husband, Howard; son and wife, Chuck and Janet Lee; daughter and husband Susie and Jeff Thompson; grandchildren Lyndsey and John Smart, Nick and Nicole Lee, Hunter Thompson, and Tyler and Ashleigh Thompson; great grandchildren Emilyn Smart, Micah and Abigail Lee, and Annabeth Thompson; brother and wife Sonny and Sherian Nations, sisters-in-law Winona Speed and Cynthia Oakes and husband Gordon; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and friends who she considered family.
We will celebrate the life of this special lady at 11:00 am on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Royal Haven Baptist Church which Shirley and Howard cherished. Dr. Richard Ross will be leading this special time together. Visitation will be held from 10:00am until 11:00am prior to the service. There will also be a time for visiting with Howard and the family following the service. She will be buried in Henderson, Texas.
The family requests that donations be made in her name to the Music and Youth Ministries at Royal Haven Baptist Church.
I heard about a mansion, He has built for me in Glory. And I heard about the streets of gold, beyond the crystal sea. About the angels singing, and the old redemption story. And now …at last…she’ll sing up there THE SONG OF VICTORY!
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