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Shirley  Whitehead

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Shirley Whitehead
Died on Sunday, December 24th, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Friday, December 29th, 2017
Weerts Funeral Home
12:00 pm Friday, December 29th, 2017
Weerts Funeral Home
Cemetery: Davenport Memorial Park
Shirley Whitehead, the youngest of six children, born June 28, 1954, to the late Lawrence and Annie Bertha Whitehead, departed this life December 24, 2017 at the ae of 63, at her home. Services in celebration of her life will be held at 12 noon Friday, December 29th at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, where her family will greet friends from 10 am until time of service. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family.
Shirley gave her life to Christ when she was a child and was a faithful member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Carthage, MS. She rededicated her life and made a full commitment to Christ in April 2017.
She graduated from OE Jordan High School and chose to go to work right after high school. Shirley had a free spirit, so when her job was no longer fulfilling, she migrated to Chicago, Illinois. After several visits to Davenport, IA, she decided to move here. She made Davenport her new home and remained here until her departure.
She was employed at Sears for a short time. She became gainfully employed with the Kahl Home for 39 ½ years before she became ill and had to retire. On September 21, 2017, Shirley was told by her doctor that nothing else medically could be done to help her heal and hospice would contact her later that day to set up an appointment with her. She replied, “I believe I want some shrimp.”
Shirley liked nothing better than hanging out with her friends. She enjoyed having a good meal, laughter and good conversation with them. She enjoyed birthdays and helping others celebrate theirs. On October 10, 2017, she did just that. For one last time, she invited friends and co-workers into her home for a meal, laughter and good conversation to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
Shirley had a big open heart and she loved people. She enjoyed making others smile. She constantly had a snack or gift to share with friends, family and co-workers. She did not need a reason to give, she just gave. She made friends with her neighbors, co-workers, the residents where she worked and their families, doctors, nurses and just about anyone who would have a conversation with her. She was very fond of her hospice nurses Kramer and Stephanie, social worker Kim and her chaplain Bruce, who sang to her every week. She met no strangers.
Shirley will be greatly missed by many people who loved her.
She fought a good fight, She finished her course, She kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness, which
The Lord, the righteous judge, shall give her at that day 2 Timothy 4:7-8a
Those left behind to mourn her and cherish her memories are four sisters, one bother and one brother-in-law: Bertha Leflore of Milwaukee, WI, Mary (James) Latiker and Lawrence Whitehead, both of Carthage, MS, Patricia (Eddie-deceased) Brown of Chicago, IL, and Nancy Whitehead of Jackson, MS; one Goddaughter Shaunda (Andrew) McKinley of Metairie, LA; 11 nieces and nephews who had special relationships with her, many great nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends, and some special friends Minnie and Denise who ran errands, shopped, cleaned and did laundry; Stein and Jean who came by often bearing gifts of her favorite foods and offering to do anything she needed to have done. These ladies were like sisters to her. Verheta, Carlos, Monique, Maryjo, Cynthia, Andy, Dale, Dykie, Norma, Dominique, and Anne who loved her with an everlasting love; Phyllis, a friend who treated Shirley more like a sister than a friend, took Shirley to ALL of her chemo, radiation, and doctors appointments. She kept up with all her vitals, weights and medications. She went to the drug store and got her medications and brought them to her. Shirley did not have to call Phyllis to remind her she had an appointment. Phyllis called Shirley. Phyllis was never late, and she never charged her anything.
Most of the time when these friends left her home they wiped away tears as they went down the stairs, not knowing if these would be the last time they would see her alive. Most of the time she was in high spirits when they visited, but her body was very frail.
Shirley’s family says to each of you, “Thank you for being her friend and loving her so much.”
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 2 Timothy 4:6

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