Shirley Doris Clavel went home to be with the Lord on May 15, 2019. She battled numerous health issues over the past several years and put up a valiant fight. Shirley passed away peacefully in her Husband's arms, surrounded by the family she loved at Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona. Shirley was born December 23, 1951 in Morton Texas, to Herb and Bessie Parker. She grew up on the family farm and was blessed with parents and siblings that she loved dearly. She met Dick Clavel her Husband, Soul mate and Sweetheart, her freshman year in college at Eastern New Mexico University. Shirley and Dick were married on August 14th, 1971 in Causey New Mexico and have been together 47 years. They were blessed with three children and her love for them was endless, as only a Mother's love can be. Shirley was preceded in death by her sister Linda Parker, her parents Herb and Bessie Parker, her sister Rita Fietz, and her Brother Joe Parker. Shirley was survived by her Husband Dick Clavel, their three children Sheila Ohman, Crystal Clavel and Son Kyle Clavel; and her three Grandchildren; Alora Brostrom, Paxson and Indy Ohman, all who she adored. She is also survived by her sister Vickie Whitehurst of Portales, New Mexico and Brother Dwight Parker of House New Mexico. Shirley was a dedicated and loving wife, Mother, Grandmother and Sister. Her hobbies included reading, puzzles, baking, sewing, gardening and art. She loved nurturing and caring for people, plants and animals. Sitting in her garden and watching the hummingbirds and butterflies filled her with happiness. The simple joys of this world, that so many of us take for granted, were not lost on her. Shirley was the rock of the family, no matter how significant or trivial the issue or problem. She was the loving glue that held this family together. Shirley’s love, courage, and commitment to her family were unwavering in spite of dealing with her many health issues these last few years. Shirley loved the holidays and birthdays, her decorating, baking and infectious love for celebrating brought her family an immense amount of happiness. Her main passion was just being there for her family and projecting that unique love, compassion and support whenever it was needed, regardless of how poorly she felt. Shirley had an amazing presence while she was on this earth and it will be missed by her family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 12:00pm, with a viewing beginning at 11:00am, at Richardson Funeral Home, 2621 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. Immediately following the funeral services, Shirley will be placed to rest at Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, Arizona. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family.
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