Shirley A. Brewer, 81, a native of Marshall, Texas and long-time resident of Fairfax, Oklahoma departed this life peacefully from her room at the Fairfax Manor Nursing Home on Friday, February 3, 2023 with loved ones near.
The daughter of Charles Andrew Farnham Sr. and Pearl Beatrice (Wallace) Farnham, Shirley was born on Cinco de mayo day May 5, 1941, the oldest daughter of three, she also had multiple half- brothers and sisters. The past several years she celebrated her special day with a delicious Italian meal of spaghetti and garlic bread prepared by her bonus daughter in law Judie.
Growing up Shirley attended Marshall Public Schools and was a reporter in her high school days for the school newsletter. Graduating with the 1959 Marshall High School class, Shirley then went on to study at Business School.
While Shirley was married to her first husband, Jim Wooten, they purchased Hunsaker Wooten Funeral home in June 1992 from the original Hunsaker family and owned and operated it until selling in May 1996. Afterwards she oversaw pre-arrangements at Hunsaker Wooten and was always happy to visit or answer any questions you may have. Keeping the office running when needed, assisting with funerals, and working late hours at visitation were also on her list of priorities.
In July 1997 Shirley Wooten and Dale Brewer planned a trip to visit Dale’s sister in Idaho. Surprisingly to none of the Okies, the couple came home after getting married in Elko, Nevada on 7-7-1997. Sister Maxine and her grown children escorted the couple to Nevada and held a small family reception upon their return to Buhl, Idaho. Shirley and her husband, Dale, were active in the Fairfax community, volunteering to deliver meals for Senior Citizens and tirelessly contributing their time and effort to multiple worthy causes including church and chamber gatherings.
Shirley was a dedicated member of the First Osage Baptist Church, Do-Bees, Fairfax Historical Society, Fairfax Study Club, the Fairfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and Board member of the Fairfax Senior Citizens, serving the organizations in various officer positions. Many will remember Shirley’s commendable efforts each year collecting funds for the annual Chamber Fireworks display, right up thru the time the fireworks were going off! She always said wherever you live, you need to be involved and active in the community.
She was blessed with great friends including her 1959 Marshall classmates whom she visited during school reunions and yearly Thanksgiving trips home. Lady friends from Fairfax and Ralston who met regularly for a good game of cards; church ladies group, Sisters on Common Ground; Red Hat ladies and loyal best friends who remained close and supportive until the end.
Her enjoyments include reading, walking, traveling, and dining out. Holidays and birthdays were special when the great grandchildren and great great grands came to help celebrate. More recently at the nursing home, Bingo and dominoes were at the top of the entertainment activities.
Survivors are her two sisters and their families: Marilyn Rowland Blanchard, Okla., her children Lisa Proffer and Christopher Russell, and Juanita Russell Valdosta, Georgia, her daughter Amy Eunice; numerous nieces and nephews; bonus family- Dale’s children and lineage: Ron Brewer Newton Kans., Don Brewer Vinita Okla., and Treca Brewer Fairfax; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and faithful four-legged grand dog Miss Lilly.
Predeceased by her parents, second husband Dale Brewer; half-brothers Buford Richardson, Algie Richardson, Charles A. Farnham Jr., and Tom Farnham; half-sisters Mildred Fuller, Dorothy Cowan, Lois Smith, and Betty Oney; nephews, Andy Russell, and Michael Russell and first husband, Jim Wooten.
A funeral service in memory of Shirley will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023 at the First Osage Baptist Church with Pastor Kyle Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in the Brewer family plots at Highland Cemetery north of Pawnee, Oklahoma. Arrangements are entrusted to Hunsaker Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Her family would like to say thank you to those who faithfully prayed, drove Shirley to doctor’s appointments the past two years, visited her in the hospitals and nursing home, sent cards or flowers, planted a tree, provided food, made donations, her many doctors, the Fairfax Manor Staff for their loving care, Scissortail Hospice, First Osage Baptist Church for dinner, Pastor Kyle Rhodes and Pastor Russ Hughes. We feel truly blessed in countless ways.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Shirley to the First Osage Baptist Church, 236 S. Main Street, Fairfax, Oklahoma 74637 or the charity of your choice. Leave a memory or word of encouragement at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com