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Georgia Tarrants Shifflett of Abilene, TX passed away at home on June 18, 2015. The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory Street. A Memorial Service will be held 11am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the First Christian Church, 1420 N. 3rd Street. Georgia Mae, born December 31, 1932 in Cumby, TX, was the beloved only child of Jesse and Lorene Davenport. She attended grade school in Gorman, TX. Later the family moved to Ft. Worth where her daddy had several successful business ventures. After graduating from high school in Ft. Worth she met the high-spirited soldier, Nathan Bonell Tarrants. Georgia and Nate married in Weatherford, TX on July 8, 1949. They spent many happy years in Dallas, Nate a Police Officer and Georgia a cashier at the A&P. In 1966 they moved their little family to Abilene, making it their home together until 1984 when Nate passed away. After many years alone, Georgia found love again and married Vernon Shifflett on Valentine's Day 1992. She also found joy with her new extended family. Sadly, Vernon passed away in 2006.
Georgia is probably best known for her pioneering efforts in the home health care industry. In her 38 year career at Outreach she mentored and lead many people. Even after retirement Georgia was a valued consultant to the Home Health Industry.
During those busy years she made time to teach Sunday School at Brookhollow Christian Church and be a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship. She served on Medicare advisory boards as a way to continue to improve care for all in Taylor County. Her service to others continued into her later years at Grace Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a valued member of the Women's fellowship.
Georgia loved God, her family (blood and chosen), Abilene, Texas and of course the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.
Georgia was preceded in death by first husband, Nathan Bonell Tarrants; second husband, Vernon Shifflett and step-son, Shawn Shifflett. Survivors include her daughter, Nikki Tarrants Thrasher; two grandchildren, Erin Nicole Thrasher and Rev. Ryan Thrasher and wife Monica; sweet friend, Lauretta Dowd; step children, Ronnie Shifflett, Judy Cox, David Shifflett, Greg Shifflett, Michael Shifflett and Bobby Shifflett; and numerous other family members and a host of friends.
The family wants to thank Dr. James Purpura, Alan Nichols FNP, Jamye Huffman RN BSN and all the staff at Interim Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations in Georgia's memory can be sent to Cancer Services Network, 100 Chestnut St Suite 100, Abilene, TX 79602 or First Christian Church, 1420 N 3rd St, Abilene, TX 79601.