Shirley A. Bailes
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Shirley A. Bailes
  • March 15, 1938 - July 10, 2017
  • Mansfield, Texas

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Shirley Ann Bailes passed peacefully on July 10th, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. Born in Cyril, Oklahoma on March 15th, 1938, Shirley was known to bring a smile to everyone she met.

She caught the eye of Lester P. Bailes while working as a car hop and once drafted into the army, exchanged many letters over the course of two years. The time they spent separated grew their bond so much so that on November 9th, 1963, Shirley married her military sweetheart. The two grew their family as soon as possible and had a son February 20th, 1965, and later on had their baby girl on March 6th, 1975.

Shirley was remembered as an active mother in her community, helping out at her children's school and raising her children to be the kindhearted people they are today. She had an eminence love for traveling with her husband and children, known to spend weeks at a time in Twin Lakes, Colorado.

In her later years, Shirley Ann Bailes never failed to cheer people up. She touched so many lives with her approachable attitude and infectious happiness. She knew no strangers. As an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, Shirley blossomed in her religion and held a hand out to every person she met, giving kind words and gentle hugs as she was never seen without a
smile on her face.

Whether it was taking her grandchildren out for snow-cones or spending quality time with her adult children, Shirley Ann Bailes was know as a giver, never putting herself first. Her soul purpose in life was to give people joy and be present in their lives.

Survived by: Jimmy Ruff (Brother; Chickasha, Oklahoma) and his wife Mattie, Janie Peck (Sister; Edmond, Oklahoma), Lester Bailes (Son; Mansfield, Texas) and wife Valerie, Kellye Elam (Daughter; Midilothian, Texas) and husband David and her three grandchildren; Kelsey Bailes, Cat Bailes, and Leslye Elam. One step grandson Brandon Elam, wife Amanda from Walters, OK and their three kids Justin, Jesse and Jack whom she loved as her own.

In the final months of her life, Shirley battled breast cancer in her residential facility in Mansfield, Texas, where the kind staff of Echelon created an unbreakable bond with her cherubic spirit. Though the lord took her home in her last battle, Shirley Ann Bailes will always be remembered as a fighter who had beaten the odds more times than once, all so she could bless those around her with her unbound love.