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In Memory of Shirley Primm

August 28, 1939-January 23, 2017

Shirley Sue ‘Nana’ Primm passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017, at the age of 77. Shirley Primm was born in Karnes City, Texas to William Cody Ham and Margaret Gregorcyk. On August 28, 1955, Shirley married Paul Primm in Oakville, Texas. Throughout her life, Shirley worked as a Sales Representative for Merle Norman Cosmetics and receptionist at Drudie’s Beauty Shop in Taft. She also managed the Taft Community Pool where she held ‘water walks’ for the ‘slick chicks’ and owned her own ceramics shop. More importantly, Shirley lived a life of service to both God and her community. As a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Taft since 1999, Shirley was unfailing in her faith. Dragging her husband alongside her, Shirley ran the Taft Community Food Bank for over a decade. In 2007, she and Paul received the Humanitarian Award from the Taft Chamber of Commerce in appreciation for their dedication and love for the city of Taft. She and Paul also provided volunteer service to Gregory-Portland ISD, specifically Stephen F. Austin Elementary and in 2003, were granted the Friends of Education, For the Kids Award from G-P ISD and the Texas Treasure Award from the Taft Extension Education Club in 2007.

Shirley was a woman distinct in personality, charismatic in voice and fierce in her love and adoration for others. Unwavering in her kindness and generosity, Shirley lived a life that others should aspire to. She always believed in the good of others and the power of God’s grace. She acted as caretaker, not only to her children and grandchildren but to anyone in need. She was everyone’s Nana. Shirley Primm was truly an inspiration.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband of 62 years, Paul, as well as her brothers Jimmy, Mack and Sonny Ham.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Douglas (Colleen) Primm of Dripping Springs, Texas and Ronald (Robin) Primm of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Donna (Albert) Aleman of Laredo, Texas; ten grandchildren, David Tyler (Veronica) Klapuch, Jeremy Kyle (Stacie) Klapuch, Justin Ryan (Ashley) Klapuch, Austin (Erin) Primm, Molly Catherine Primm, Caitlin Primm, Joshua Primm, Austin Aleman, Alberto Aleman and Ciara Aleman; two great-grandchildren, Kayden Klapuch and Braelynn Klapuch; two brothers, Donnie Ham and Richard ‘Butch’ Ham; one sister, Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Dawson of Odem, Texas; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 26th, from 6:00-8:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in Taft. Celebration of Life will be Friday, January 27th, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church in Taft. Grave service will be January 27th, at 1:00 PM at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, Texas. Gathering for family and friends will take place January 27th from 12:00-4:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Taft.

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt