Shirley Gunn, 76, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Denton Presbyterian Hospital.

She was born April 17, 1935, in Hedley, Texas, to Leo and Ida (Bell) Holland and grew up in Sunray Texas.

In March of 1951, at only 15, she was working at the movie theatre in Sunray where she met "the best looking guy" she'd ever seen. To get his attention, she would go into the balcony and dump popcorn on his head. She succeeded, because after dating only five months, they were married in Clayton, N. M. She became Mrs. Norris Gunn on Sept. 8, 1951.

They went on to live in Dalhart, Plainview, Austin, Brownfield, and retired together to live at Lake Brownwood in 1997. Through 60 years of marriage, good times and tough alike, they were best friends. They worked together, traveled together, and laughed together often.

Shirley was a member of the Methodist Church wherever they lived and sang in the choir at many of them. She was an avid reader, loved to square dance, crochet, and play board and card games. They loved camping and frequently included their family in their travels.

In her own words, her most important recollections all revolved around her family - the births of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, their weddings and the times that she was fortunate enough to spend with them.

Survivors include her husband and best friend Norris; two daughters, Tulane Hix and husband Jerry, Gay Strategier and husband Phil; two sons, Gil Gunn and wife Melinda, Toby Gunn and wife Christine; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother and four sisters.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents.

She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held in Denton at Good Samaritan Village on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.

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