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Shirley Ford Ater
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Birth: Jul. 7, 1914
Death: Mar. 22, 2008

Shirley Inez Ater

Shirley Inez Ater died on Saturday, March 22, 2008.

Shirley was born July 7, 1914, in Sacramento, Calif., to Eunice and John Ford. She had two sisters, Floy Brown and Charlene Ewing.

Her family moved frequently during her early years, and she graduated from high school in Gilbert, Ariz. Shirley moved to Abilene and attended Draughon's Business School. She met Clyde Ater, who was also a student there, and they were married Feb. 27, 1937. They were married 71 years, and were partners in every aspect of their lives. Clyde and Shirley raised two daughters, Jimmie and Judy.

Clyde, Shirley and Jimmie moved from Roscoe in 1942 to Portland, Oregon. In 1945, Clyde was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany, and Shirley and Jimmie moved to live with family in Tempe, Ariz. Judy was born while Clyde was serving his time in Germany.

In 1946, after Clyde was discharged, the family moved back to Roscoe, and Clyde began farming. Shirley was a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother. She was also a fulltime Christian and was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ. She lived her Christianity daily, presenting the image of a virtuous woman as described in Proverbs 31.
She was a skilled seamstress and sewed constantly for her family. She loved to cook and to entertain guests in her home. Shirley and Clyde opened their home to many gospel ministers through the years and were known throughout the brotherhood for their hospitality.

Shirley regularly visited those who were sick and/or aged, and who were confined to their homes. She prepared meals for those so confined, and she frequently provided transportation for those who were unable to drive, so that they could shop or to keep medical appointments. She taught Bible classes for many years.

Shirley was a member of the Child Welfare Board in Sweetwater for 20 years. She was a volunteer assistant to the Girl Scouts for many years. She and Clyde were members of a bridge club in Nolan County. They traveled extensively to countries all over the world. She continued to be active in church and community work until she, herself, was diagnosed with dementia.Even then, she enjoyed her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eunice and John Ford; her two sisters, Floy Brown and Charlene Ewing; and three grandsons, Parrish Berryhill, Dale Berryhill and John Stephenson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Clyde Ater, who was her best friend and protector for the years of her marriage, but especially for the past 10 years as he cared for her during her illness. Also surviving her are her two daughters, Jimmie Fraley and her husband, Tom, and Judy Kester and her husband, Paul; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends who remember her bright smile and her works of love.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation Monday, March 24, 2008, from 6-7:30 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home in Roscoe.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2008, in the Roscoe Church of Christ with John Morgan and Mike Smith officiating.

Burial will follow in the Roscoe Cemetery. Arrangements are made with McCoy Funeral Home of Roscoe.

Pallbearers to serve are Billy Joe McIntire, Don Martin, Jerry Riggs, Roy Lee McMillan, Guy Lucas and Harold Duvall.


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  Clyde H. Ater (1917 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Roscoe Cemetery
Nolan County
Texas, USA
Plot: Block 16
Created by: Janie Healer Davis
Record added: Mar 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25529583
Shirley <i>Ford</i> Ater
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Shirley <i>Ford</i> Ater
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