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Shirley "Sam" Fielder Durrill
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1936
Death: Jun. 13, 2008

Shirley Durrill, known by the name "SAM" peacefully ascended past this level of life Friday June 13, 2008. Shirley was born in Houston, January 17, 1936 to Inez and Garland Fielder.

She graduated from Lamar High School in Houston and attended the University of Texas in Austin. While attending the University she met her future husband Dusty Durrill. Dusty was attending Texas A&M and almost wore out his car making weekly trips to visit Shirley in Austin. Dusty graduated from A&M and became a Navy Carrier Pilot. When he received his wings and fleet orders in Corpus Christi he asked Shirley to marry him, travel to his new base and set up homemaking in Imperial Beach, California. Shirley said "YES" 2 weeks later they were married on September 7, 1957 and started their family eventually totaling five children.

Shirley Durrill was preceded in death by her first daughter Devary.

She is survived by her husband Dusty; daughters: Michelle, Ginger, Melissa and son William Jr.; William Jr. married Shanda and they have a daughter, Avery and two sons: Billy and Conner; Michelle married James Gourley and they have two daughters: McKinna and Riley; Melissa married Shawn Holtz and they have two sons: Garrett and Kaden.

Shirley and Dusty did everything together and considered themselves equal partners in philanthropy. Shirley kept the books, paid the bills, handled all their cash and provided Dusty the funds necessary to create the Blas Maria de la Garza Falcon statue, the Miradores, benches on the seawall, Robo Trooper, the Selena Memorial, the A&M entrance project and The Del Mar Lighthouse project. Shirley and Ella Bouligney donated the 50,000 square foot Albertsons building on Staples and Kostoryz to Del Mar. Shirley had special projects that she kept to herself. We were told she had all the palms at the botanical garden moved and planted, quietly paying for it all. She also supported the Red Cross and the Women's Shelter, especially at Christmas. Shirley always kept her own nest egg to quietly help others less fortunate than herself.

Shocked by the loss of Devary, Sam and Dusty transformed their grief into the Devary Durrill Foundation to create many everlasting improvements, beautifing the entire community they loved.

Visitation was held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. A funeral service was held that same day at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed.

Funeral and burial services held at Seaside Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, TX.

(The couple waged war together against Ford Motor Company after their oldest child, Devary, died Oct. 29, 1978, at age 19 from burns following a rear-end collision. A state jury ruled against the automaker, and a foundation was established with the multi-million-dollar settlement)

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  William Ruhlen Durrill (1934 - 2016)*
*Calculated relationship
Seaside Memorial Park
Corpus Christi
Nueces County
Texas, USA
Created by: Flowers from Sandra
Record added: Jun 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27591898
Shirley Sam <i>Fielder</i> Durrill
Added by: Flowers from Sandra
Shirley Sam <i>Fielder</i> Durrill
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 Added: Jun. 16, 2008

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