Shirley Diane Douglas Webb was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Woodward, Okla., the daughter of O.A. Douglas and Jane (Carson) Douglas. She died Nov. 3, 2012 at her home in Kerrville, Texas.|
In 1938 the family moved to Kerrville where her father managed a new grocery store, the Pure Food Store on Earl Garrett Street. She remembers that trip to Texas. The four of them rode in a borrowed coupe with no back seat, but it was a trip made fun by her parents. Her father pointed out that when they crossed the Red River into Texas, the grass was green. It had been brown in Oklahoma.
Shirley's mother, Jane, was active in music clubs and directed the choir at the Kerrville Methodist Church.
When World War II came along, Shirley's father enlisted and was stationed at Roswell, N.M., where he trained to become an air traffic controller in the Army Air Corps. After the war he was stationed at the International Airport in Brownsville as a government employee of the CAA, and the family moved from Kerrville to Brownsville in the summer of 1945. Shirley attended Brownsville schools and Texas Southmost College. On Oct. 16, 1952, she married James Robert Webb.
She was a musician and was well known locally in Brownsville as a church organist for over 25 years (serving at the Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian Churches). She also served as a pianist for numerous local programs, plays, dance recitals, school band and choir soloists and theater productions. Also in Brownsville, she worked as music director at radio station KBOR for five years and taught elementary school music at the Episcopal Day School for several years.
During her business career, she was a loan officer and assistant manager at Valley Federal Employees Federal Credit Union. She was a past president of the Brownsville Junior Service League and served as a director on the boards of the Brownsville Boys Club, Camille Lightner Playhouse and Rio Grande Valley Music Festival.
In 1994, when Jim retired, they moved back to Kerrville and soon embarked on a new "career" of activities in genealogy and computer work. Shirley was webmaster of the Kerr County, Terry County and Haskell County TXGenWeb genealogy pages and volunteered at the Kerr Regional History Center and Archives. She was a member of Kerrville Genealogical Society, where she served on its board of directors and was the newsletter editor for three years. Shirley and Jim were members of the Kerrville United Methodist Church.
Survivors are her husband of 60 years, James Robert Webb Sr., of Kerrville; daughter, Vicki Webb Hunter and husband, Robert, of Las Cruces, N.M., and son, James Robert "Bob" Webb Jr., of Corpus Christi. Also surviving are her sister, Dorothy E. Douglas of Fort Worth, and grandsons, David Hunter and wife Trisha, of Las Cruces, N.M., Christopher Hunter and wife Marit, of Kerrville, and granddaughter, Eileen Hunter Caldwell and husband, Jake, of Roswell, N.M.. Shirley is also survived by three precious great-granddaughters, Jacie Caldwell, Emma Hunter and Devyn Hunter.
Graveside services for Mrs. Webb will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Garden of Memories in Kerrville, officiated by Rev. Ray Altman.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville, (830) 257-4544.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Nov. 6, 2012