COFFEYVILLE — Shirley Jean Roberts, 85, of Coffeyville peacefully entered into eternity with her heavenly father on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

The next youngest of 11 children, she was born to William Frank II and Daisy Mae (Knisley) Cook of Coffeyville, where she attended Whittier Grade School and Field Kindley High School.

She met and married Willard Lee Shinn of Fredonia in 1951 and later had two children, a son, Willard Lee Shinn II, and daughter, Karen Kay Glazier. Following a divorce, in 1972 she married John Virgil Frye of Caney, having three sons, Mike, Terry and Marty. They were happily married until John’s death in 1993.

Shirley met James D. “Jimmy” Roberts of Coffeyville in August 1997, having two sons and a daughter, Shawn, Ken and Wahnee. The two of them married on Dec. 30, 1999. She and Jimmy enjoyed many happy years together at their country home near Coffeyville until Jimmy’s passing on March 9, 2020. They loved and enjoyed their lives together on the ranch, managing the land, raising cattle and horses, yet they loved their family more. After Jimmy’s passing, she moved from the country to Edmond, Oklahoma, to be near her daughter, Karen, and son-in-law, Danny Glazier.

A devoted wife and mother, she loved the lord. Raised in the church, she lived a good Christian life, instilling Christian values, character and a strong work ethic in her children. She was talented as a poet, artist, calligrapher, decorator and designer, seamstress and hobby crafter. During her younger years she successfully competed in league and tournament bowling. Later, she learned, enjoyed and excelled at playing both four-player partnership and duplicate bridge and played them many years.

She was an excellent homemaker, housekeeper and cook. She was smart, yet wise and level-headed. Many sought her council, advice and comfort. She was humble and never spoke of her gifts or talents, though she was proud of her children and grandkids. More importantly, she loved the lord, loved and cherished her husband, children and family with a passion.

Her survivors include her son, Willard “Will” Shinn II and wife Christina of Opelika, Alabama, and daughter Karen Glazier and husband Danny of Edmond Oklahoma; stepsons Mike (Brenda) Frye of Caney, Terry (Pam) Frye of Tyro and Marty (Tammy) Frye of Wann, Oklahoma, Shawn (Christie) Roberts of Bartlesville Oklahoma, Ken (Mary) Roberts of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and stepdaughter Wahnee (Jesus) Jasso of Tulsa. Grandchildren include Heather (Franko) Munoz of San Antonio, Tiffany (Peter) Dawson of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Robyn Rutherford of Edmond, Oklahoma, Ashley (Adam) Wright of Milan, Tennessee, and Allison (Jarod) Moore of Edmond, Oklahoma; 19 nieces and nephews; and 30 great-grandchildren including 17 descended and 13 through marriage.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers, two sisters and six nieces and nephews.

The service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville. Her stepson, Terry Frye, will officiate. Visitation of family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband James in Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville.

The family requests memorial contributions to be made payable to St Jude Research Hospital, and those may be left in care of the chapel.

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