Shirley Jean Kitchens
October 21, 1931 – May 29, 2020
Shirley was born in Oklahoma City the only child of Juanita and Edward Ingram. She was a graduate of Northeast High School and attended Phillips University. Her college years were cut short due to her mother’s failing health.
She met Bud Kitchens when she was in the 8th grade. They dated during high school and were married on July 29, 1951 during Bud’s second tour of duty in the Korean War. She was 19 and he was 21. Their love endured a fun-filled 57 years until his death in 2008.
Shirley devoted her life to Christian ministry and was a member of Western Oaks Christian Church in OKC and a former member of Southern Hills Christian Church in Edmond. Many of her life-long friends were church members. While a member of Western Oaks, she was a choir director and participated in the Disciples Women’s Group. She and Bud made a great team teaching the word of God to the young adult Sunday school class.
Shirley started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a repair clerk when she was 20 and retired as a repair supervisor in 1986. She enjoyed participating in many Telephone Pioneers social and community service events.
In retirement, they moved to Bella Vista AR where they enjoyed participating in many social activities. They were also founding members of Highland Christian Church. Shirley loved to plan travel itinerates then execute them as they traveled throughout the country and abroad. Later in life, they moved back to Oklahoma City to be closer to family and friends.
In addition to her church activities, Shirley enjoyed sewing for herself, her family and church, playing bridge, socializing with her many friends, traveling, reading, and being with her family.
Shirley is survived by two daughters Marca Hiller of Wylie TX; and Kari Simmons and husband Taylor of Oklahoma City; her three grandchildren Clint Orr and wife Angie of Rogers AR; Monica Orr of Oklahoma City; and Alesa Nance and husband Trevor of Dallas TX; and four great-grandchildren Avery Orr, William and Sam Compton, and Layla Jackson.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 20, 2020 at Western Oaks Christian Church in Oklahoma City (50 people max), with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. The church encourages attendees to wear masks, use hand sanitizer when entering, and will have to spread out according to CDC guidelines of sitting with household units per pew, every other pew. For those who are unable to attend in person, the service will be broadcast via a livestream event using this link: https://vimeo.com/426399610
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