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Shirley Anne Fenwick Rector, age 75, of Lamar, Missouri, peacefully passed away in her sleep Friday morning, February 8, 2013, at home.

Shirley was born February 20, 1937, in Denver, Colorado, the oldest of three, to Richard Stephen Fenwick, Sr, and Lillian Christine Andersen. She grew up and attended school in Deer Trail, Colorado, was a high school cheerleader, played the flute and won many piano competitions. On July 5, 1953, she married Everett F. Rector from Agate, Colorado, sharing almost 49 years of marriage, before his death June 22, 2002.

Their entire lives were devoted to farming, milking cows, and Everett worked on highway construction. They lived on a 3,300 acre ranch south of Agate, then moved to Deer Trail, before they moved to Barton County to a large dairy farm just east of Lamar, Missouri, in March 1964. “The Farm”, as coined by the kids, became the lifelong family farm, and will remain in the family.

Everett and Shirley raised nine children-- eight daughters and one son. Shirley devoted her life to her family, a woman that will be foremost remembered for her beautiful smile, her kind heart, her heartfelt music, and poetry, next to being one of the most diligent workers known. Serving with the gift of music, Shirley served as the pianist of Forest Grove Baptist Church and played for the Barton County Baptist Hymn-signs while they raised their family. She later became the pianist of Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church for many years-- a church that she and her husband helped to organize and build. Gifted with verse and rhyme, she also became well known for her volumes of poetry.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, her parents, her husband, two young daughters, Verlene Jean (December 1959) and Alice Sue Rector (July 1965), and a married daughter to cancer-- Laura Mae Rector Graves (December 2001).

She is survived by six children: Linda “Lynn” Bryant and husband Eric, Joplin, MO; son, Cole Lee Rector and wife, Dora, Lamar, MO; Sherry Ann Vermillion and husband, Rick, Shawnee, KS; Donna Lynn Harpole and husband Rich, Barstow, CA; Sandra Dee Rector and partner Ron Kirby, Jericho Springs, MO; and Misty Jo Rector and partner Shawn Crain, Lamar, MO; and her son-in-law Fay Graves, Edwardsville, KS; her brother, Dr. Richard Stephen Fenwick, Jr. and wife Betty, Sun City, AZ; plus 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, at Daniel Funeral Home, with Pastor Jack Slade officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Friday and again Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Memory Garden in Lamar. Contributions may be made to the Shirley Rector Memorial in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rich Harpole, Eric Bryant, Jack Leidholt, Ron Kirby, Shawn Crain, and Jerry Rector. Honorary pallbearers will be Cole Rector, Jeremy Orahood, Troy Floyd, Dustin Hamilton, Jeffery and Jeremiah Farmer, Christian Rector, Josh Rector, Jonathan Rector, David Gerths, and David Alberico.

 

 

 

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#11 Lamar, MODarla Engelbrecht 2013-03-08 23:17
Sherry & Donna, I am sorry for your loss. I, too, remember your mother as a kind, gentle lady who smiled a lot. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
#10 Deer Trail,CoCarl and Dolores Kroh 2013-02-26 11:16
We were School mates at the DeerTrail School. Always enjoyed when Shirley and sometimes her family visited First Baptist Church in Deer Trail. Her Mother, Lillian Fenwick was my wonderful 2nd grade teacher. Shirley was a sweet person. Know you will miss her so much.
#9 Neosho MO.Mary Orahood 2013-02-14 14:49
Thinking of each one of Shirley's children & grandchildren.My heart is heavy i feel your loss.I pray the Lord will watch over each one of you, keep you in good health, safe from harm or danger.Love Ya
#8 Battlefield, MOZella Owen Holmes 2013-02-14 11:20
I sure remember your sweet mother and her kind ways. I had fun spending a few times with you out at the farm. As I remember, your mother was a good cook too! I have fond memories of those times! My love and prayers to you Lyn, and family who miss her so much
#7 United StatesHoward Jacobsen 2013-02-14 09:23
Dear Lynn & Family
Our deepest condolences to you. We were very sorry to hear about the loss of Shirley. Thank you so much for the phone call. It nice to be in touch.May God bless you at this time & always.
Love, Jake & Janett
#6 Janice Orahood 2013-02-14 07:09
To Sandra and all the family: Sorry to hear of your loss. I loved listening to her play at church.
#5 Wales UKBlodwen M Price 2013-02-13 14:34
I never met Shirley but she sounds as if she was like my own mum, kind, caring, giving always put others before herself. I bet she always had an open house to all comers. I sure would have liked to have met her but only been over to the Price Ranch twice for two weeks each time there is never enough time to travel to meet all the people I would love to meet.
All our love to you all from the Price and Griffiths family from Wales UK.
#4 Lamar moPatti Brooks 2013-02-12 22:01
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mother was a very special lady. I will always remember her loving smile,her soft voice,her compassionate heart and giving spirit. Most of all her love for the Lord. Know she will be missed. May your special memories together bring you peace thru these difficult times.Our deepest sympathy
#3 Deer Trail, ColoradoJohn and Margaret Hanks 2013-02-12 09:19
Shirley was a childhood friend and classmate in Deer Trail. She was always sweet, full of fun, and enthusiastic. In 2005, when she came to her classmates' 50th high school reunion, she was the same; she was special. Our condolences to her family.
#2 Lamar, MoJanet Sitton 2013-02-10 09:20
I met Shirley and family about 45 years ago when we were neighbors. She was always the same in her way, calm and serene and usually wearing a smile. She was one of the hardest workers I have known. When they became neighbors with my folks, my Mother, Una Cohu, used to say Shirley works as hard as a man, she never let things or time stop her. And she used to work from sunup to sundown. I know she was a good Mother because she taught her children the important things in life. Several of the kids left us a May Basket and what a treat to share in that experience. I know she will be missed.

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