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Shirley White Hiser

Shirley White Hiser

Shirley White Hiser left her earthly body October 23, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Montalba, Texas at the age of 90 years young.

Shirley was born Shirley Viola Jackson, to Walker Franklin Jackson and Cecil (Sims) Jackson on March 6, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas. She graduated from Lubbock High School in 1947 and later attended Texas Tech University. In 1975 she graduated from LVN School of Nursing, at the top of her class.

Shirley is survived by her three children: Hal Walker White (Sandra) of Houston, Texas; Vanessa White Goodwyn (Ron) of Montalba, Texas and formerly of Buffalo; and Jana White Franklin (Steve) of Prescott, Arizona; and brother Jerry Jackson (Pat) of Prescott, Arizona. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Ryan Goodwyn (Fara) of Austin, Texas; Jessi Goodwyn Jones (Craig) of Palestine, Texas; Soren Franklin (Erin) of Prescott, Arizona; and Mariah Franklin Leon (Tony) of Aurora, Illinois. She was also beloved “Kiki” to Shameka Marve, Levi McFadin, Abigail McFadin and Alyssa Riley and to seven great-grandchildren: Keagan Franklin, Aveah Franklin, Ras Goodwyn, Reece Jackson, Bryce Jackson, Ryan Jones, and Tyler Jones.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ervin (Ed) Hiser, and brother Gene Jackson.

In her early adult years Shirley was the wife of Van White of Lubbock, Texas and a stay-at-home mom. After her kids were in school, Shirley earned her LVN certification and worked several years as an office nurse.

Shirley was an accomplished portrait artist and, following her divorce in 1977, supported herself by traveling the circuit of arts and crafts fairs throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico doing portraiture. She also developed a special niche for her art by doing personalized graduation announcements. Amazingly, Shirley continued to produce beautiful commissioned portraits past her 90th birthday.

In addition to her skill as an artist, Shirley was a talented seamstress. She especially enjoyed making elaborate and complicated costumes which were enjoyed by generations of children. Additionally, she was an animal lover, marveled at the beauty of Nature, and her apple pies were legendary.

Shirley moved to Buffalo where she met and married Ed Hiser in 1997, and they later moved to Palestine. The Hisers were a great team, always busy and productive. They loved to entertain, invested in rental property, repaired and remodeled houses, did volunteer work and loved to explore garage sales.

Shirley belonged to the Science of Mind and Religious Science churches. She and Ed attended First Baptist Church in Buffalo, and in her last years she also found a loving church family at the Court Drive Church of Christ.

After her husband’s death, Shirley and her beautiful “Kitty” resided at Windermere Assisted Living Center in Palestine for the past four years. There she enjoyed the companionship of many friends and was a darling of the wonderful Windermere staff.

In an obit she penned for herself many years ago: “Shirley’s primary concern in life was her life-long spiritual search and study. She believed she will continue to learn, laugh and love after death as she has in this incarnation. Her greatest honor was to be chosen to be mother of three beautiful children.”

Shirley was always appreciative, enthusiastic, modest, and humble. She was compassionate and abhorred violence. She never recognized how beautiful she was. She always had a great smile and a spring in her step.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be planned in the Spring, and in the meantime her family would love to hear what she meant to you. Please send those memories to: vanessa.goodwyn@gmail.com

In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Hospice of East Texas or the Anderson County Humane Society.

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