COLEMAN — Shirley McDowell passed away Monday, Feb. 23 in the Hendricks Hospice Unit in Abilene.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Coleman City Cemetery with burial to follow under the direction of Allcorn Funeral Care of Coleman.

Shirley was the adored only child of Hall and Girlie Hagler of Coleman who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Charles F. McDowell and her much loved son, Bob Searcy Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Searcy Spillyards of Grapevine and grandson, Sam Spillyards of Sherman. She is also survived by step-daughters, Dr. Adele McDowell, Anne McDowell and spouse Kevin Flanagan all of Wilton, Conn.; cousins, Glen Hagler, Kay and Eric Joffrion all of Coleman, and Polly and James Talley of San Antonio.

Shirley was ?a native of Coleman, returning to take care of her parents after her husband died in the early 80s. She retired from Citizens National Bank in Brownwood and also worked at Bowen Drug in Coleman. Shirley was a loving wife, beloved mother, ?devoted daughter, a ?good friend to many ?people and protector of animals?. She will be missed.

Her favorite Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sunshine warm upon your face.

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

A special thank you to Rita Barnett, all the staff of Holiday Hill in Coleman and the kind staff at Hendricks Hospice in Abilene.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook at