Judith Ann Shirk

Judith Ann Shirk

February 10, 1945 - March 20, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Judith Ann Shirk, a longtime resident of Farmersville, TX, announces her passing on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Medical City Hospital in McKinney, TX, at the age of 75 years.

Judy was born on February 10, 1945, in Boone Iowa.  She married her loving devoted husband, Morse Shirk, on July 3, 1965, in Garwin, IA.

Their children never doubted the true love between their mother and father.

Judy was a naturally gifted artist and talented interior designer, who took pride in her home. She was a passionate painter and would spend endless hours on her work.

Judy will always be remembered by her passionate beliefs and devotion to her family.  She was a loving Wife, Mother, Aunt, Cousin, Grandmother, and Great grandmother.  The fondest memories of her are with family and friends at the kitchen table. She had a contagious laugh that kept the laughter going well into the night. 

Judy was a mother who gave strength to all her children and grandchildren, they knew no matter what they were going through, she would drop everything no matter what time, day or night, to soothe their tears, tell them how proud she was, or just to talk.  Also, her devotion to her husband through sickness and health had no end.

Judy’s laughter, cheerful greetings, and her comforting presence will be forever remembered by family and friends.   But most of all her family will always treasure her sitting at the kitchen table, drinking her coffee and working the daily crossword.

Judy is survived by her loving sister, Donna Arringdale of Marshalltown, IA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Vern and Mary Harriet (Germer) Walker, two brothers, Don and Ted Walker, and three sisters, Dorothy Fullerton, Doris Lee, and Bea Arnold.

Judy will be lovingly remembered by her husband and best friend of 54 years, Morse Rhea Shirk of Farmersville, TX, and their five children.  Elizabeth Ann Davis of Houston, TX. Roberta (Bobbie) Lynn Pirkle, married to, Tony Pirkle of Whitewright, TX.  Rebecca (Becky) Sue Andrews, married to Greg Andrews, of Justin, TX.  Morse Brian Shirk, married to Lisa Kellam Shirk, of The Colony, TX. Dennis Bradly Shirk of Farmersville, TX.  Judy will also be remembered as the “Rock” of our family by her 11 grandchildren, Nicole (Nicki) Rhea Davis of Corpus Christi, TX. Dustin Dean Davis, married to Jennifer Martinez, of Gainesville, TX. Ashleigh Morgan Cheley of Lewisville, TX. Shelbie Anne Taylor, married to Kevi Taylor of Farmersville, TX. Perry Dakota Mason married to Lauren Loria, of Whitewright, TX.  Casey Dalton Poplin, married to Jason Poplin, of Farmersville, TX. Rhealee Madison Andrews of Justin, TX. Walker Evan Andrews of Justin, TX.  Jonathon Bradley Shirk of Jacksonville, FL.  Austin Rhea Shirk of The Colony, TX. Jacob Brian Shirk of The Colony, TX.  Judy was a devoted loving great grandmother to, Sunnie Harkness, Gabriel Barrera, Naraia Martinez, Kylinn Martinez, Xavier Martinez, Joseph Cheley, Hagan Henderson, Kendrian Cheley, Nylon Taylor, Roman Taylor, Kara Pirkle, Waylon Monk, Kacen Poplin, and Kensley Poplin.

Her Wake will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at her home, 406 Summit St., Farmersville, TX, 75442. Cards and Flowers can be sent to this address.

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As I think of family, Aunt Judy is such a part of my growing up years. I remember many times sitting around one of our Aunt's kitchen table and all of my wonderful Aunts and my Mom being there. I felt so much love and caring from these wonderful women. They have certainly shaped my life. There was always laughter and our family loved to be together. How fortunate I am to be a part of such an awesome family. We are all so different but all feel love and encouragement from Aunt Judy, our Aunts, cousins, and of course Grandma Walker! What a crazy and amazing family! Love you all. Shelley Droste, March 28, 2020 Thursday 3/26/2020 I mailed a card to the Shirk Family. Enclosed is a letter with a memory of mine. On August 8, 1986 our daughter, Karen (age 18), was in a fatal car accident on Hwy 121. Around 12:30 p.m. the door bell rang. Judy was there with a minister from Lewisville and some The Colony policemen. One of them asked me to take a seat. They told me about Karen's fatality and Judy was standing in my living room with tears in her eyes as I tried to process what I was told. She was one person I knew, at that moment, who was aching with me. I never forgot that she came to be of some support for us. There were many times our sons were at the Shirk house in The Colony enjoying tv or jumping on the trampoline. Sadly, Dennis broke his ankle I think when he was jumping with Eric. Thank you though for your hospitality to our family. Even though our paths have not crossed in many years, I consider your Mom my friend who recognized how difficult it was to bury a child. May she have eternal rest Oh Lord. Thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. God bless you.
Monica Brophy, March 27, 2020 Our deepest sympathy to the family. Have known Morry and Judy for many years. Being a part of the Lennox R&D move to Texas is why we became friends and neighbors. I always felt right at first, we had a connection of sort because we both had five children all about of the same age. We all were moved here away from our family and closest friends in Marshalltown. None of us had the finances to go much of any place so we (the 4 of us) would get together and play cards and have fun. After a while Morry and Judy installed a pool in the back yard and we would go to their house along with our another neighbor from Marshalltown Tom and Sid Benge. We were not able to see one another very often do to busy lives and their move to Farmerville. Once connected on Face Book was easier to communicate. So sorry for your loss as I know she will be deeply missed. Sharon
Sharon & Terry Peak, March 27, 2020 Mom, My heart aches for dad and my siblings. Thank you for being the most caring, loving person a child could ask for. You loved everyone unconditionally. All our friends growing up always felt welcome and part of the family. Your advice were treasured by us and all who seeked it from you. I miss you and love you.
Becky Andrews, March 26, 2020