Shirlene was born on August 26, 1935 in Altus, Oklahoma to her parents Rudolph and Fern Halve. She grew up in Altus, Oklahoma where she graduated from Altus High School in 1953. During her school years in Altus she was a cheerleader and part of the first Miss Altus Pageant. After one semester at Southwestern Oklahoma State University she married her high school sweetheart Phil Willey on August 15, 1954.
She worked on campus as Phil graduated from the University of Oklahoma and had their first son, David.
While Phil was in dental school in Kansas City, she worked for Sinclair Oil.
They moved back to Altus to start Phil's practice in 1961 and the family grew some more; Steve in '62, Darin in '64, and Brett in '68. While raising four boys and being a part of the great city of Altus, she attended multiple clubs; The Beta Mothers, Round Table at church, Aldonian, and P.E.O. Along with singing in the choir at First Baptist Church, she taught Sunday school class for about 20 years. As a supportive Bulldog she attended not only her sons' activities through their years at Altus High School, but could be seen in the stands as a fan for many years to come.
She was fortunate to have many friends and got to travel to wonderful places around the world. She loved to host parties and the Fourth of July became part of an annual tradition at the Willey cabin as well as the Willey family reunion. Her smile, laughter and love were infectious to all that knew her. She will be truly missed, but is now in the welcoming love of God.
Shirlene was preceded in death by her parents Rudolph and Fern Halve; Herbert and Verna Willey, her brother, Larry Halve; Bill Willey, Sr.; Tara Willey; Jo, Don, Greg, Karen and Lori Caviness; her son, Steve Willey.
Shirlene is survived by her husband, Phillip E Willey; her son, David Willey; her son, Darin Willey; her son, Brett Willey and daughter in-law Sherry Willey; her grandchildren, Carley Willey Morales and her husband James Morales, Jessica Willey, Skylar Willey, Jill Ruby Clark, Anna Willey, Mason Willey; her great grandchildren, Victor Morales, Russell Morales and Jaxon Willey; her brother Larry's widow, Lynda and kids Lance and Kimberly Halve with Max and Zak, Kristen and Mark Mercer with Mason,Kaitin and Matthew. Doug and Melissa Halve with Claire and Connor. Rhonda and Adam Hampton and Dana and Shane Hicks. Her extended Willey family include Zana Willey; Bill Jr. and Pam Willey with daughters, Erin and Ron Lowe along with Sydney, Hayden and Lillian; and Morgan Willey. Eric and Lola Caviness. Renee Butler. Randall and Kristy Caviness. Stephanie Caviness Tantimonaco. Nicole and Chris Harmon with Alexan and Ashton. Tyler and Nikki Caviness with Cason and Kinley. Brandon and Tinley Willey with daughters; Allie and Austin Efford with Aniston and Asher; Lauren and Brian Taylor with Reece; and son, Matt Willey.
The family will greet friends at visitation from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Thursday evening, February 17, 2022 at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus.
Lunch with family and friends will be at 12:00 Friday, February 18, 2022 at First Baptist Church Altus.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 18, 2022 at the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel in Altus with Brandon Willey leading the service.
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