Shirley Mae Swatsell

March 25, 1942 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 78)


Shirley Mae Swatsell, 78, “The Wonderful GiGi”, Bingo Player, Bargain Jewelry Shopper, Church Going, Avid Reader, Chocolate Candy Lover, Sonic Coke Drinker and expert Google Adviser peacefully passed Monday, January 18, 2021.

Shirley is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Roy and Teri Cook, granddaughter and husband, Kevin and Courtney Lively, great grandchildren, KJ and Korie Lively, niece and fiancé, Christine Benfield and CJ Coker, stepsons and wives, Johnny and Carrie Swatsell and Jerry and Kelly Swatsell and best friend and Bingo Partner, Shorty Oldner and numerous wonderful friends and relatives. 

Shirley, born Shirley Mae Benfield on March 25, 1942, was the spirited daughter of the late Ransom and Edith Benfield.  Shirley spent over half of her life being loved by her husband, Wayne.  Good thing too, because they’re together now in heaven probably building something for someone.  She will also be meeting her brother, Ronald Benfield.

Shirley loved a lot.  She loved letting her great grandchildren drive her around in her Gator and tangling their hair up in the wind.  She loved playing Bingo, going out to eat at restaurants and going for Sunday drives every week.  She loved hummingbird wind chimes on her front and back porch.  She loved to wear her Palais Royal shirts, a pair of tennis shoes and a comfortable pair of pants.

Shirley loved the simple things…But mostly, Shirley loved her family in such a way that each one of them knew without a doubt that they were loved.  She taught them so much about life.

They want to let her know that she did a great job.  They will remember her smile, her warmth, her energy, and her love for life.  She worked very hard all her life, up until the very end.  She made a difference in the lives of many.

Therefore, in honor of Shirley, there will be a gathering of family and friends this Saturday, January 23, 2021, for visitation from 10 am until 11 am at Riley Funeral Home, Woodville, Texas.  Graveside service will be held at 11:30 am at the Camp Ground Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.  Flowers are certainly welcome; however, you might consider planting a fruit tree, she loved Persimmon and Fig Trees, or taking your family out for dinner and go to Church on Sunday. Shirley would love that!

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January 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Riley Funeral Home
913 US HWY 190 West
Woodville, TX 75979

Graveside Service
January 23, 2021

11:30 AM
Camp Ground Cemetery, Woodville

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