A memorial service honoring and remembering Shirley Ann Stone will be held 2 PM Friday, April 23, 2021 in the Rivercrest Chapel at Bixby-South Tulsa Funeral Service. A private interment will be held in the Tahlequah City Cemetery. Shirley passed away Sunday afternoon, April 18, 2021 in Tulsa. She was 81 years old.
Born January 18, 1940 in Red Rock, Arkansas, Shirley was the daughter of John and Hilpa (Hearst) Ricketts. Raised in what would be considered a “Dust Bowl” family, Shirley spent most of her childhood in a community called El Cerrito, in the Bay Area of San Francisco. She graduated high school in El Cerrito with the Class of 1957. Following high school, Shirley met a gentleman by the name of Glen Stone while working as a waitress at a local café. Glen had car trouble at the time, but it was his newfound romance that would keep him in the Bay Area for the next 13 years. The couple married August 4, 1957 and from this union were born two beloved children, John and Robert.
Shirley worked for Western Union Financial Services for the remainder of their time in California. They spent a few years near Glen’s family in Sparks, Nevada, where Shirley worked as a police officer. She was also employed by the Fallon Naval Air Station. It was Shirley’s family near Muskogee that brought them to Cherokee County where they would eventually call home. Shirley and Glen owned two small farms in the area while pursuing a nursing career with the VA Medical Center in Muskogee. She graduated from the nursing program at Bacone College in 1992. Shirley continued nursing in Oncology at the VA, worked in home health for a while, and eventually became a caretaker for her husband when his health began to decline. Shirley’s husband, Glen and her son, John both passed away in 2006.
Playful and light-hearted are words that come to mind when thinking of Shirley Stone. She loved reading, watching suspenseful movies, and crocheting in her free time. An occasional episode of Paul Harvey might sometimes be playing in the background. Retirement led her to Bixby in 2007 to be nearer her family who she loved dearly. It was there she became involved with the Red Hat Society and Cedar Ridge Christian Church. Shirley was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Blue Star Mothers.
Surviving family members include her son, Dr. Robert Stone and wife, Sherri Jo of Bixby; her grandchildren, Joshua Christopher Stone of Coweta, and Jaden Victoria Stone of Bixby; her cousins, Devlin Sewell of Concord, California, and Patricia Jones of Harrison, Arkansas.
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