Shirley Alford

January 1, 1900 - July 4, 2007

Shirley Alford, age 73, of McKinney, Texas passed away July 4, 2007. She was born in Oklahoma to Luther Ray and Alma (Hillsberry) Hatley. On September 22, 1951 she married Al Alford in Garland, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in McKinney. She was a devoted Christian and wanted everyone to know Jesus better. Shirley was an avid quilter and a member of the McKinney and the Dallas Quilter's Guilds. She loved to cook, sing and was known for her joy and laughter. Shirley was a lifelong partner to all of her husband’s ventures and adventures. Shirley graduated from Garland High School and was a member of the Class of ’51. She is survived by her husband, Al Alford of McKinney; son, Lance Alford and his wife, Debi of McKinney; daughters, Beth Ann Parson and her husband, Thomas of Celina, Cynthia Helton and her husband, Jody of Ft. Worth and Amy Herron and her husband, David of Celina; ten grandchildren, Kristen and her husband Matt, Alyssa, Colin, Jon, Julie, Katie, Matt, Maezi, Carli and Mitchell; anticipated great-granddaughter, Abigail; brother, Jimmy Hatley of Garland; sisters, Jean Poovey of Garland and Alycia Mayo of Sachse and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Alma Hatley; brother, Johnny Hatley and her sister, Martha Skelton. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of McKinney with Dr. H. Bailey Stone and Rev. Randy Morlan officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

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Al - Very sorry to hear of your wife Shirleys' passing. I will keep you and Shirley in my prayers and thoughts. Take care of yourself Al. Geoff Geoff Riley, October 10, 2007 I offer my deepest sympathy to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. William Thomas Prince, August 2, 2007 I was sorry to learn of Shirley's passing, but I know without a doubt where she is today and I know it won't be long until you will see her again. Praise the Lord for her clear testimony of her love for the Lord Jesus. Love in Christ, Charm Cameron Charm Cameron, July 16, 2007 I was saddened to hear about Shirley's passing. She was a great lady and was special to so many people. I recall how Shirley could laugh and just make anyone feel good. She will be missed. Vivian Abrams DPM Dr. Vivian Abrams, July 13, 2007 Mr. Alford, Please accept condolences from the South Central Church of Christ in Dallas and me for your recent loss. It is my prayer that God will give you the strength and courage you need to endure. In Him we can, Bobby L. Tinnion TASO Umpire Bobby L. Tinnion, July 9, 2007 God bless you Al. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave l. cunningham, July 9, 2007 Al, Lance, Beth Ann, Cynthia and Amy: I was so privileged to know your family, and especially your wife and mother. Her faith in the Lord was a great encouragement to me. We will be with her again someday, and there will be nothing that can take her away from us. Love, Gay (Pratt) Ahne and family Gay (Pratt) Ahne, July 8, 2007 Al sorry for your loss...you had a great wife for many years....remember all the good times and know she is resting now in a better place. Ken J Eldridge, July 6, 2007 Our prayers go out to the Alford family. TASO Baseball Dallas Chapter, July 6, 2007 Al, I wanted to express my sympathy to you and your family. She was a very special lady and I am sorry I didn't get a chance to know her better. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Jeri A Jones, July 6, 2007 I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of this loved one. God Bless. (My daughter Bridgett works at the insurance company.) Phyllis (Reynolds) Kee, July 6, 2007 Al and Lance - I knew there had to be a great lady in your lives. I am sorry for your loss, but you both are tremendous fruits of her life as a wife and a mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. John Ausmus, July 6, 2007 Beth Ann and the Alford Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Denice Burnside Webb, July 6, 2007 She was one special person in our "Baseball Family" Red and Girls I know she will be missed but she is in with no doubt in that place she wants to be. Al you picked all star coach to raise your own team of all star team. Glenda Glenda Dixon, July 6, 2007 When God needed a beautiful person to add to his garden, he took Shirley. May he always be near to all of you. James & Evorine Alford, July 5, 2007 Amy and family, I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to all of you at this time of loss. I did not know your mom personally, but felt as if I did through your reports at choir about her ups and downs with her battle against cancer. Amy, you have such a radiance of joy about you that I know it comes not only with your relationship with Christ but also your having such great parents. All of your family members are in my prayers. Joyce Crook, July 5, 2007 I was privileged to know Shirley as a quilting friend. I do not live in McKinney and only saw her once a year. She has always been fun, upbeat, friendly and kind. It was a blessing to know her. Rose Mary Pack, July 5, 2007 Lance, My prayers are with you and your family. In the midst of your tears take pleasure in knowing your mom is in a better place where there is continual joy and no more pain! Kerry Burt, July 5, 2007 Beth Ann, My prayers are with you & your family...You are a wonderful person and I wish you did not have to hurt so. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can do anything to, maybe, make this time easier for you. My deepest sympathy to you & yours. Kim M. Mullen, your long-distance friend! Kim M. Mullen, July 5, 2007 My God's arms be around you in this time of sorry. We will keep you in our prayers.Always remember we are here for you Beth Ann. Melba Richardson, July 5, 2007 I did not know her, but I knew of her through Al and Lance. Both are great tributes to her as a wife and mother. Sam Carpenter, July 5, 2007