Shirley Alice (Brown) Holbrook – Houston Herald

Shirley Alice (Brown) Holbrook was born in Eunice, Missouri on May 29, 1937, to Virgil Van Buren and Mabel Edna (Mayfield) Brown. She left this life peacefully and went to heaven on February 2, 2022, at the age of 84.

She graduated from Houston High School in 1954. Shirley married Clyde Paul Holbrook on July 27, 1957 and had one daughter, Sherry.

Shirley gave her life to Jesus Christ and was baptized in 1967 at First Christian Church, Houston, Mo. She later attended Roby Assembly of God Church where she will be remembered as a devoted member. She enjoyed attending weekly services with her sister.

Shirley will be remembered by many as a cashier at the Ramey Supermarket in Houston, Mo. She began her tenure in 1976 and retired in 2002. Shirley enjoyed visiting her co-workers and customers daily.

Shirley was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and stepmother. Some of his fondest memories were helping to care for his grandson and taking him deer hunting when he was young; and caring for her great-granddaughter’s children for 10 years. Shirley felt it was a blessing to have helped raise her and watch her grow. Shirley and Sherry were best friends and spent a lot of time together. She enjoyed feeding birds and watching deer with her son-in-law, Rick. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Shirley was passionate about her flowers and had an incredible green thumb. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and making sweets for her family.

Shirley is predeceased by her parents; five brothers, Paul C. Brown, twins, Darrell and Ferrell Brown, Herschel Brown and Larry Brown Sr.; two sisters, Doris Shelley and Helen Loughridge; three half-brothers, Leo Shetler, Roy Brown and Hal Brown.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry (Rick) Smith of Union, Mo.; a grandson, Brandon (Stephanie Woods) White of Jefferson City, Mo.; his great-granddaughter, Sophie White of Wardsville, Mo.; and a host of other family members, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Memorials can be made at the Roby Assembly of God Church. Online condolences can be expressed at

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at Allen Cemetery with Pastor Bob Troutt officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston. The pallbearers were Dan Bedwell, Larry Brown, Rick Smith, Stephen Gale, Chance Gale and Trace Gale.


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