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Shirley Mavis <I>Ray</I> Simes

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Shirley Mavis Ray Simes

Birth
Clarita, Coal County, Oklahoma, USA
Death
19 Jul 2023 (aged 86)
Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial
Clarita, Coal County, Oklahoma, USA Add to Map
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Shirley Mavis Simes (nee Ray), age 86, passed away on July 19, 2023 at the Norman Regional Healthplex in Norman, Oklahoma.

Shirley was born in Clarita, Oklahoma, to Cecil Ray and Ruby (Babe) Ray on November 10, 1936. She completed high school and went on to graduate from Draughon's Business School in Dallas, Texas. To support herself, she was a model at Neiman Marcus. She began her work career as an executive secretary at the Dallas Law Firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. While her husband was stationed in Zweibrucken, Germany, she worked as secretary for the U.S. Army Staff Judge Advocate there. Upon her return to the United States, she began a 30+ year career with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her promotion to Executive Assistant to the Director, OESC.

Retirement from the workplace did not slow down Shirley's level of activity. From taking up stints as a hospital volunteer at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, as well as Norman Regional Hospital, to serving as a volunteer reading tutor at elementary schools in both Midwest City and Norman, she extended the limits of volunteerism to the Full Circle Adult Day Center in Norman. Her active listening skills, combined with a natural empathy and eagerness to help others spanned the age spectrum. She was active in the Norman Red Hat Society and a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jerri Gaye Cachero and son-in-law Rudy, to whom she has passed her precious cat, Little Chunk.

Memorial donations may be made to the Norman Meals on Wheels Program or the Norman Meals on Wheels for Seniors' Pets Program, 528 East Main Street, Norman OK 73071.

Memorial Service
Thursday, July 27, 2023, 10:00 AM
Havenbrook Funeral Home
3401 Havenbrook Street
Norman, OK 73072

Graveside Service
Friday, July 28, 2023, 10:30 AM
Moore Cemetery
Hwy 48 and Moore Cemetery Road
Clarita, OK 74535
Shirley Mavis Simes (nee Ray), age 86, passed away on July 19, 2023 at the Norman Regional Healthplex in Norman, Oklahoma.

Shirley was born in Clarita, Oklahoma, to Cecil Ray and Ruby (Babe) Ray on November 10, 1936. She completed high school and went on to graduate from Draughon's Business School in Dallas, Texas. To support herself, she was a model at Neiman Marcus. She began her work career as an executive secretary at the Dallas Law Firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. While her husband was stationed in Zweibrucken, Germany, she worked as secretary for the U.S. Army Staff Judge Advocate there. Upon her return to the United States, she began a 30+ year career with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her promotion to Executive Assistant to the Director, OESC.

Retirement from the workplace did not slow down Shirley's level of activity. From taking up stints as a hospital volunteer at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, as well as Norman Regional Hospital, to serving as a volunteer reading tutor at elementary schools in both Midwest City and Norman, she extended the limits of volunteerism to the Full Circle Adult Day Center in Norman. Her active listening skills, combined with a natural empathy and eagerness to help others spanned the age spectrum. She was active in the Norman Red Hat Society and a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jerri Gaye Cachero and son-in-law Rudy, to whom she has passed her precious cat, Little Chunk.

Memorial donations may be made to the Norman Meals on Wheels Program or the Norman Meals on Wheels for Seniors' Pets Program, 528 East Main Street, Norman OK 73071.

Memorial Service
Thursday, July 27, 2023, 10:00 AM
Havenbrook Funeral Home
3401 Havenbrook Street
Norman, OK 73072

Graveside Service
Friday, July 28, 2023, 10:30 AM
Moore Cemetery
Hwy 48 and Moore Cemetery Road
Clarita, OK 74535


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