Life Journey of Shirley Mae Garrett Wesley The angelic Shirley Mae Garrett Wesley was the second child of eight, born on December 10, 1934 to Cornelius Napoleon Garrett and Drucilla Parker Garrett in Tucker, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by both parents, her first-born son, Reuben II, half-sisters Othella, Vonciel, and Hallard; brothers James, William, and Cornelius II, as well as her beloved husband Reuben. As a young child and throughout Shirley’s lifetime, she possessed a spirit of giving and service to others, unconditionally. Although she was very soft-spoken, her presence radiated a sense of strength and calmness. The soft touch of her hand along with her shy beautiful smile brought warmth and ease to all around her. Shirley accepted Christ at an early age and she was a member of Wheatley Heights Baptist Church. Her passions were cultivating flowers and plants. She was also a master of all southern cuisine, especially her famous sweet potato pie, pound cake and sock-it-to-me cake. Once you tasted Shirley’s cooking you were destined to come back for more. Shirley attended elementary and early high school years at Tucker Rosenwald School where she was an excellent basketball player. She graduated from J.C. Corbin School, Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1952. After high school, she attended Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Upon her graduation from Shorter at the age of 22, she moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend Incarnate Word University School of Nursing. She began her career as a pharmaceutical tech at a Texas pharmaceutical company, makers of Lubriderm lotion, and completed her work at SP Richards.. During her third year in college, Shirley met and was immediately smitten by her soul mate Reuben Benjamin Wesley. They married and she began her journey as a kind, patient and loving mother. Their 62-year union created a son Reuben II (deceased), and daughters Jackie (Rodney) and Terri (Don). She was blessed with four grandchildren: Shanika, Larry, Rahshied (Deanna) and Terrance; three great-grand children: Cedreon, Ameesha, and Terrance, Jr., and two great-great grandchildren: Zion and Zechariah. They all brought much joy and excitement to her household. She is survived by her three sisters: Edith Hyman, Dorothy Hughes, and Lois Thomas and two brothers: Clarence Garrett (Margaret) and Charles “Sam” Garrett. Shirley’s greatest love was her family; ensuring they were cared for tenderly. Her legacy is and will always be her gift of unconditional kindness, patience, and love. The brilliancy of her Light will forever radiate within our hearts and minds. Rest in the tranquil presence of the Lord sweet precious Angel.

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  1. Our condolences and prayers go out to our family as we grieve the lost of Aunt Shirley. She was one of a kind. She opened her home to me and I am forever truly grateful. She will be missed. Love you to infinity and beyond Aunt Shirley. Rhonda and Ernest Weldon Jr, A’Leah and Norelle

  2. My heart is saddened because heaven has gained an angel. As the oldest grandchild, I have so many memories of my time with my Aunt Shirley, her opening her home to my friends when I was in college, reminiscing about Tucker and my grandparents. May God continue to bless and comfort the Wesley and Garrett families as we grieve the loss of this beautiful soul. We love you and are missing you Aunt Shirley!💚💚💚💚 Cheryl, Allen, Deadre’ and James Green, Duane Dunlap

  3. We are so sorry of the passing of Shirley. We had the beautiful time of meeting her in Pine Bluff for a family reunion for the first time.. We hope to meet the rest of the family soon. James & Gladys Black & family

  4. My deepest condolences and prayers. It was a privilege and a blessing to meet and get to know her in such a short period of time.

  5. Our family has suffered a great loss in the passing of our sister Shirley. We will miss her beautiful smile, soft spoken voice and her unwavering love that was felt by all. She was the best sister that anyone could ever want. Shirley made the best tasting pound cake and sweet potato pie in the world. Shirley loved her family unconditionally. Rest in peace dear sister. Your sister, Dorothy

  6. “Shirley”our sister who loved,loved,loved her family.She was a sister with an humble quiet spirit.She didn’t have to say “I love you”.Just her smile and a gentle touch said it all.She made sure hair and make-up was perfect. And yes,she had to have her nails done in a beautiful bright red nail polish! We love you and will see you on the other side. Your sister,Lois

  7. Edith Hyman I can hardly find words to say how much I miss my dearly beloved sister, Shirley. She was my friend, my traveling buddy, my confidant. We spent countless hours talking about family, planning our trips, or just laughing and talking about growing up in Tucker because both of us disliked working on the farm. Shirley will always live in our hearts as our “big” sister with a “big” heart. We thank God for allowing us to be in her presence for 86 years. May God comfort the family and give us peace is my prayer.

  8. Aunt Shirley you will be missed dearly. I have many memories that makes me laugh and smile. I often think about our family trip to Las Vegas. We had so much fun shopping, eating our meals together and touring the other hotels. If anyone was up for traveling you were always ready with suitcase in hand. Thank you for sharing your heart, family stories and life with me. Love you Auntie Shirley!!

  9. My love and prayers go out to the rest of my family as we mourn the loss of Aunt Shirley. I will always remember your sweet, and kind spirit. I remember when you came to Seattle with my other aunties for dad’s 80th birthday. What a great time we had! Welove you and will miss you… Lisa (Garrett)Hairston, My parents: Clarence and Margaret Garrett, My siblings: Terri Ewing, Clarence Garrett Jr.

  10. Our dear Sis Terri, oh how we love you, and we love the way you loved your mom. Our deepest sympathy and condolences. I know you made her heart feel precious and honored everyday, Isaiah 43:4. I love how you crowned her until she returned to the Father Proverbs 10:6. We pray the Lord’s continually blesses you and your family. Lewis family ⚘

  11. Jackie, we at The Village mourn with you the loss of your dear mother. How wonderful that she got off the farm to attend nursing school at Incarnate Word College (now UIW) and you have spent so many years at the Village at Incarnate Word – probably caring for some of her former teachers in your early years! May God grant your whole family peace in your faith in God’s love, joy in your memories of you mom and dad and strength to carry on as they taught you for so many years.

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