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Shirley Kay Peters Henard, 77 of Wellington, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021.
Funeral services took place at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Pastor Gene Weinette officiated. Burial followed at North Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.
Dennis Cudd, Andy Henard, Colby Henard, Joe Henard, Johnny Henard, Larry Henard, Cameron Mitchell and Dallas Talkington served as pallbearers.
Shirley was born July 9, 1943 in Vinson, Okla. to Vernon Peters and Freda Talkington Peters. She married Dan Henard on June 25, 1966 in Wellington. He preceded her in death in March 2017.
A 1961 graduate of Wellington High School, Shirley earned her elementary education degree from West Texas State University in 1965. She taught school at Tulia, College Station and Wellington. A first-grade teacher for many years, Shirley switched to the fourth grade before retiring.
At the age of 16, she began playing the piano and organ. A member of the First United Methodist Church, Shirley played the organ for 56 years with Sunday, March 14, 2021 being the last time.
Her dedication reflected in other areas of the church as well. Shirley served as the current president of the local United Methodist Women, on the Amarillo District UMW Leadership Team as Membership, Nurture and Outreach Coordinator, on the Wellington FUMC administrative council and as a member of the 23rd Psalm Circle.
She also served as a member of Collingsworth County Retired Teachers, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1954 Study Club and as a 24-year member of Wellington Lions Club.
An ardent supporter of family and friends, Shirley assisted Dan and Rex in multiple ways with Henard Farms. She and Dan spent years traveling with the Good Sam’s RV Club. Shirley nurtured these friendships always. She invested years traveling throughout the United States with family as well.
Nana spent time loving her grandkids deeply. She loved spending personal time with each one, helping them understand their gifts and encouraging growth.
Conscious of taking care of people, Shirley made note of the “little” things, making a huge impact on innumerable lives. She realized that taking the time and making the effort to help each person discover their gifts, usually in writing, made all the difference. Shirley’s random acts of kindness will be forever missed.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Daniel Henard, in 2008.
Shirley’s survivors include her son Rex Henard and wife Amy of Wellington; her daughter Beki Mitchell and husband Trent of Bixby, Okla.; five grandchildren, Morgan Mitchell Young and husband Nick of Altus, Okla., Cameron Mitchell of Bryan and Rileigh, Anna and Evelyn Henard of Wellington.
The family suggest memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 767, Wellington, TX 79095.
Sign the online guest book at adamsfuneralsvc.com.