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Shirley Jean Da­vanay Phillips of Hous­ton, passed away on Satur­day, the 11th of Novem­ber 2017, with her husband of 38 years and 5 chil­dren at her side. Shirley was born on the 2nd of May 1954, in Bay­town, Texas to Au­drey Watts Hud­son and Richard Eu­gene Da­vanay. She fell in love with mu­sic and dance at an early age and per­formed in count­less recitals, al­ways in cos­tumes hand made by her mother. She at­tended Ross Ster­ling High School, was a mem­ber of the Stars Drill Team and Meis­ter Singers and grad­u­ated in 1972. Shirley at­tended Texas Chris­tian Univer­sity and was a mem­ber of the Zeta Tau Al­pha soror­ity and grad­u­ated in 1976 with a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Mu­sic.

She moved to Hous­ton and taught mu­sic at San Jac­into El­e­men­tary in Bay­town. In Novem­ber of 1978, she filled in for a friend on a last minute blind date and “Shirley Jean of Bay­town” met “Bobby Glenn of Tyler” and though she fell asleep half way through the date he talked her into a 2nd date and 6 weeks later they were en­gaged. They mar­ried on the 14th of July 1979, at the First Chris­tian Church in Bay­town and af­ter the birth of their first child, Bob & Shirley moved to Tyler in 1981.

Shirley loved liv­ing in Tyler, start­ing won­der­ful friend­ships that would last the rest of her life. She was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ju­nior League, Wil­low­brook Coun­try Club and Marvin United Methodist Church. At Marvin Shirley taught Sun­day school, sang in the choir and was youth group leader, of­ten chap­er­on­ing trips and host­ing the group at their home. In Tyler, Shirley and Bob had 4 more chil­dren and in Novem­ber 1987, they moved to Hous­ton.

She joined the Hous­ton Ju­nior League and for sev­eral years was a part of the An­nual Christ­mas show. The fam­ily set­tled in Me­mo­rial and joined Chapel­wood United Methodist Church join­ing the Chan­cel Choir and play­ing the piano for the Wes­ley Choir. She was a mem­ber of the Briar Club, Hous­ton Rac­quet Club and Lake­side Coun­try Club where she and Bob loved play­ing golf to­gether, as long as she played bet­ter than he did.

In 2000, Bob and Shirley bought the 5K Ranch in In­de­pen­dence where the fam­ily spent most week­ends and hol­i­days. They spent their sum­mers in Sea­side, Vail and in 2003 they dis­cov­ered what would be­come their 2nd home Carmel, Cal­i­for­nia. She loved host­ing friends and fam­ily in Carmel, play­ing golf, shop­ping, and wine trips but mainly sit­ting by the fire pit on the back deck watch­ing the ocean and re­port­ing back to her kids home the daily weather re­port. Shirley was truly at peace in Carmel.

Shirley cher­ished her friends from Bay­town, Tyler, Carmel and Hous­ton. She had an open door pol­icy for every­one she met, fam­ily din­ners and hol­i­days of­ten in­cluded friends that oth­er­wise didn’t have some­where to go. Shirley’s great­est joy was her role as “Mom” and “Gaga” to her five kids and five grand­kids, though she “would’ve liked to have six” as she told us many many times. She adored Bob and loved the life they had to­gether. We are so grate­ful that her last week­end they spent in Fort Worth where she got to see her TCU Horn Frogs stomp on Bob’s Texas Longhorns, she def­i­nitely got the last word on that one.

Shirley Girl, Shirlz, Aunt Shirley, Mom, Gaga…she was kind and gen­er­ous, loved pas­sion­ately and fiercely and we will miss her like crazy. But she is at peace and with her par­ents, her best friend Cathy, and in the arms of the Lord.

Shirley is sur­vived by her lov­ing husband of 38 years Bob Phillips, her 5 kids daugh­ter Brit­tany Faulk and son-in-law Jor­dan, son Cameron Phillips and daugh­ter-in-law Sarah, daugh­ter Chris­tian Bolden and son-in-law Char­lie, son Court­land Phillips and daugh­ter Mal­lory Phillips. And her 5 “ba­bies” Bobby & Hal­lie Faulk, Au­drey and Jack Phillips and Cooper Bolden. Also sur­vived by her mother in law Ruth McGee Phillips, her dear friends Rosa and Marco Laz­cano and her loyal dogs Gigi, Abby and Teddy. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents Au­drey and Gene Da­vanay and her fa­ther in law Judge Glenn Phillips.

The fam­ily wishes to thank the in­cred­i­ble men of Sta­tion 6 Hous­ton Fire Depart­ment and the won­der­ful nurses and doc­tors at Hous­ton Methodist Hos­pi­tal Car­dio­vas­cu­lar ICU Unit.

Friends are cor­dially in­vited to a visi­ta­tion with the fam­ily from six o’clock un­til eight o’clock in the evening on Wed­nes­day, the 15th of Novem­ber, in the li­brary and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Ber­ing Drive in Hous­ton.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice is to be con­ducted at eleven o’clock in the morn­ing on Thurs­day, the 16th of Novem­ber, in the sanc­tu­ary of Chapel­wood United Methodist Church, 11140 Green­bay Street in Hous­ton. Those serv­ing as honorary pall­bear­ers will be My­ron Blalock, For­rest Smith, Tio Su­man, David Cross­well, Scott Kit­trell, Chris Boykins and Bruce Gross­man. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing, all are in­vited to greet the fam­ily dur­ing a re­cep­tion to be held at the church.

Prior to the me­mo­rial ser­vice, the fam­ily will have gath­ered for a pri­vate in­ter­ment at Glen­wood Ceme­tery in Hous­ton.

In lieu of cus­tom­ary re­mem­brances, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be di­rected to­ward the Star of Hope Mis­sion, P.O. Box 1505, Hous­ton, TX 77251-1505; or to the char­ity of one’s choice.

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