Shirley Patton Bushong left this life to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 11, 2013. She was born on March 30, 1931, to Gertrude and Roy Patton in Muskogee, Okla. Shirley graduated as valedictorian of her class from Henrietta Oklahoma High School. She attended William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., before graduating from Oklahoma State University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
After graduating from OSU, Shirley worked in Duncan, Okla., where married Paul D. Bushong, an engineer for Mobil Oil Company. Shirley and Paul lived and worked in Duncan and Healdton, Okla.; Houston, Texas; Lafayette and New Orleans, La.; Westport, Conn.; Denver, Colo.; and Calgary before eventually settling in Houston in 1978.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Paul Duval Bushong, who died in 1998. She is survived by Paul, her husband of 57 years; her son, Dr. Craig Bushong of Glenwood Springs; her grandchildren Patton, Mackie and Wick; her sister Patti and Don Leeman of Oklahoma City; her nieces, Valerie Craig and Rebecca Nightengale of Tulsa; and her nephew John Brett of Oklahoma City.
Shirley had many close friends in Houston and in Glenwood Springs, where she spent many months in both the winter and summer enjoying skiing and hiking and traveling the world. Shirley was an inspiration to all Christian women and was an active member of the Episcopal Church in those cities. Those wishing to support Shirley's interests may make memorials to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Special Ministries Fund, 546 Hyland Dr. Glenwood Springs, CO. 81601.