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Mary Elizabeth Shirey

Mary Elizabeth Shirey
February 19, 1953 - September 8, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Shirey, 63, passed away September 8, 2016. She was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on February 19, 1953 to Travis Shirey and Mildred Cates Shirey. Along with her mother, she leaves siblings Dorothy Clark and husband Mike of Weatherford, TX and their son Michael and daughter, Megan, sister, Trisha Shirey of Austin, TX, brother, Michael Shirey and wife Alecia of South Lake, Texas and their son, Christopher and daughter, Lauren, sister, Lisa Nichols and husband Jeff of Caddo, Texas and son Kelcey and sister Linda Shirey of Grand Prairie, TX and son Brian. Her father, Travis Shirey, preceded her in death in 2014.

Mary graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1971 and pursued a career in the hotel industry. She worked in the Food and Beverage Departments and in Sales for The Le Baron Hotel, Hilton Hotel and The Regent Hotel. She relocated to New York City for 8 years to join the Regent Hotel Group there. She loved living in New York and exploring the city.

Mary loved animals, especially cats, enjoyed music, singing, gardening and loved to cook. She also loved horses and horseback riding was one of her favorite activities. She also enjoyed traveling and visited much of the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mary recently was employed with the U.S. Census Bureau and retired in 2015. She will be remembered as the life of the party, and for her quick wit and her big, beautiful smile. She wanted no more than to love and be loved by everyone. She will be dearly missed by all.

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09/26/16 11:23 AM #1    

Darlene Saunders (Wallace)

Mary and I started our friendship in 7th grade.  We were seated alphabeticlly in Science class.  And Saunders set next to Shirey.  This was the start of a great friendship until she moved to New York.  We didn't see each other for many years but reconnected shortly after she moved back to Texas.  However, by that time I was married and living in Oklahoma.  We did have the wonderful opportunity to reconnect at our GPHS 40th reunion in 2011.  She Gail Thomas Clark and I had a great time catching up on our lives and enjoying the evening.  We had a few pictures taken together and they are posted on this sight.  She was a special person to me and I shall always hold dear the memories we shared in junior and senior high school.  May she rest in peace.... 

09/26/16 12:23 PM #2    

Gail Thomas (Clark)

I gasped when I saw this notice! As Darlene said, the three of us had a great friendship and so many good times in our years at Adams and GPHS. I lost contact with her when I married and had a baby, and as Darlene mentioned, we had such a joyful reunion at the 40th GPHS Reunion. Mary was always full of mischief, and as her memoriam said, the life of the party.  She had a big personality, but was such a great friend, very caring and sweet, along with her crazy fun nature. It's sobering to hear that one of your contemporaries has passed on, much too young. Thanks for the good times and the wonderful memories, my favorite redhead!

09/27/16 11:51 PM #3    

Jan Farmer (Reilly)

I am so very sorry to hear of Mary's passing...She was a beautiful lady and i know she will be missed...May she R.I.P and I pray for her family and love ones.


09/28/16 07:35 AM #4    

Liz Stephens (Vanloon)

So sorry to here if the passing of Mary, she was always kind and friendly in school.

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