Shirley Ann Whitson was born July 17th, 1942 in Strong City, Oklahoma to Cordelia (Caudle) and Earl Herbert Archer. She passed away at her home in Cheyenne, Oklahoma on Monday, July 11th, 2022 at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 24 days.
Shirley grew up in Strong City, Oklahoma and attended grade school in Strong City and later attended high school in Cheyenne, Oklahoma graduating in 1960. After graduation she was married to Everett Eugene “Gene” Whitson on May 23rd, 1960 in Strong City, Oklahoma. To this union two children were born, Jymay and Judy. They lived on a few dairy farms within Roger Mills County where they worked.
Shirley held various different jobs in Cheyenne and the surrounding areas until she found employment at the Cheyenne Post Office in 1966. She was a staple at the post office as the postal clerk for 26 years until her retirement in 1992 Shirley was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who dearly loved her grandbabies and great grandbabies and was so proud of them. She also enjoyed being the “Self Appointed Strong City Historian” and loved writing and sharing stories of the history of Roger Mills County along with working in her flower beds, crafting, and spending time with the rest of her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister, Wanda Bradley.
Shirley is survived by her children, Jymay McLeod, Strong City, OK and Judy Wells and husband, Roy, Cheyenne, OK; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Purcell and husband, Josh, of Briscoe, TX, Travis Wells, Cherokee, OK, Mac Wells, Cheyenne, OK, and Alexandra McLeod, Centerton, AR; 2 great grandchildren, Landry and Baker Mac and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 16th, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Hammon Community Fellowship Church officiated by Dolan Ivy. Burial will be held at Cheyenne Cemetery under the direction of Chris Whinery and the staff of Affordable Cremation Service-West. Condolences can be made online at www.classicfunerals. com