Shirley Ann Hackler went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Shirley was born on July 23, 1931, in Electra ,Texas.
Shirley grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. She moved to Fort Worth, Texas where she worked as a switchboard operator at AT&T. Shirley married her sweetheart, and the love of her life in 1953. Bill worked for the Army Corp. of Engineers, which allowed the two to travel and live in many different places around the country, including: Port Gibson, MS, Indian Springs, NV, and Arkadelphia, AR.
In 1966, Shirley and Bill settled in Longview, Texas with their new son, Billy Michael. Shirley was a stay at home mother who went above and beyond to be involved in his life. She was vice president of the PTA for Ware Elementary and referred to by many as the “neighborhood Mom.” Shirley was an active member of Mobberly Baptist Church and served as an outreach leader for her Sunday School.
Shirley, known to almost everyone as “MawMaw,” spent the later part of her life taking care of all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, which some would say were the best years of her life. Mawmaw never met a stranger, and made a lasting impression on each and every single person she knew or met. She required a hug from everyone of them. Her fearless attitude, character, and humor were only some of her best traits. She had too many to count. Her family has peace and comfort knowing she is up there talking Jesus’ ear off and asking him a thousand questions. To know her was to love her. Shirley Hackler, (our Mawmaw), is gone, but will never EVER be forgotten. Shirley will be missed dearly, and we all look forward to the day we meet her again for those warm hugs and that tight squeeze of her hand when we enter heaven’s gate.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 5-7:00 p.m. in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home. A Life Celebration® service will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020, at 10 o'clock in the morning in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home with Alan Johnson officiating.
Shirley was preceded in death by the love of her life, Billy Hart Hackler; parents, Presley Eldon and Catherine Valera Ward; brothers and sisters, Eldon Presley Ward; Larry Dewayne Ward; and Bettye May Brown-Ward.
She is survived by her one and only son, Billy Michael Hackler of Longview; three loving grandchildren, Matthew Hart Hackler and his wife, Chelsey Hackler of Longview; Heather Kay Groves and her husband, Vince Groves of Hot Springs; and William Patrick Hackler of Longview. Shirley also leaves behind her pride and joy, three great grandchildren, Mason Hart Hackler; McKenna Rae Groves; Jackson Edward Groves; Zayden Antonio Cabrera, and soon to arrive baby Camila Hackler; as well as her many nieces and nephews, Julie Ward-Loveless of Mt. Pleasant; Missy Ward-White of Texarkana; Monty Ward of Mt. Pleasant; Tommy Brown of Azle; Teddy Brown of Azle; Mark Ward of Quitman; and Lisa Ward-Via of Bogata.