ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Barbara Ann (Lawson) Shirley, 72, moved to Heaven from Anchorage, Alaska, on December 15, 2011.
Barbara Ann Shirley was born April 21, 1939, in Johnson City, Tennessee, to Sam Jack and Loma Lawson. She graduated from Science Hill High School and attended ETSU.
She married her high school sweetheart, Carl E. Shirley, on March 3, 1958, in Johnson City. In 1968, Barbara came with her husband and two daughters to Alaska and made it their home.
Barbara retired from Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in 1994 after 24 years of service. After retirement, she worked part time at Muldoon Elementary.
She was a joy to be with and always had a smile on her face. She was the ultimate example of what kind of strength and courage a person can have. She always had an encouraging word to say and her faith in GOD always shined through.
Barbara was an active member of Grandview Baptist Church. She was an inspiration and friend to many and will be missed by all.
She is survived by two daughters, both residing in AK, Deborah (Rodney) Price and Denise DiMassimo (Charles); Five grandchildren, residing in AK, Tierra DiMassimo, Rodney (Meggan) Price, Regis Price, Santna DiMassimo, Rio Stewart; Four great-grandchildren, residing in AK who were her pride and joy, Titan, Preston, Neveyah Price and Loma Jerelynn DiMassimo-Pyle; former son-in-law Lenny DiMassimo, also of AK; Two sisters, both residing in Johnson City, Beverly (Oscar) Banks and Bonnie (Roger) Greene; Two brothers, Jack (Judy) Lawson, of Johnson City, Robert (Jane), of Haines City, FL; One niece and one great niece in Johnson City, Cindy Barker and Ashley Lawson; Two great-nieces in Atlanta, Olivia and Sarah Wagner; Six nephews, Josh and Jason Green, Darren and John Lawson, of the Tri-Cities area, Matthew and Jonathan Lawson, of CA; Three great nephews, Jonah and Carter Greene, of the Tri-Cities area, and Marshall Wagner, of Atlanta. She will be missed by her extended Shirley Family, all of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edward Shirley; and nephew, Jere Wagner.
Today, a funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., visitation begins at 1:30 p.m., at Grandview Baptist Church in Anchorage, where donations can be made in lieu of flowers, 1300 Columbine Street, Anchorage, AK 99508.
Kehl’s Legacy Funeral Homes.
As said in II Timothy 4:7, Barbara has fought the good fight, she has finished her course and she has kept the faith.