Shirley Jean Rollins passed away peacefully after a long illness at Windsor Place in Coffeyville, Kansas on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the age of 91.
Shirley was born during the Great Depression on July 10, 1930, to James and Florence Ray in Denver, Colorado. After several family relocations, she graduated from high school in Independence, Kansas.
In May, 1948, Shirley married Kenneth R Ferrell in Independence, where she lived until their divorce in 1963. The marriage resulted in 3 children: Thomas Ferrell of Berkeley, California; Timothy Ferrell of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Mary Jane Brooks of Topeka, Kansas.
On November 6, 1964, she married Archie Rollins of Elk City, Kansas, and gained four children from Archie’s marriage to the late Ruth Vaughn, who passed away on February 22, 1964: Archie Rollins Jr.; Mary Gay Cowan of Caney, KS; Pat Tackett of Carl Junction, MO, and Karen Deal of Caney. Archie Rollins Jr. passed away in California on April 2, 1971.
Archie and Shirley lived in Elk City, before moving in 1966 to Caney, KS, where she owned and operated a beauty shop, and where Archie operated a Standard Oil Co distributorship. She also worked at Kopco for a time, and when Archie became ill, Shirley and the children continued the Standard Oil operation.
In 1981, the couple moved to Weslaco, Texas, where they managed the Leisure World mobile home park until Archie’s death in 1984. Shirley remained in Texas working at various jobs until she was able to return to managing Leisure World for a number of years. Her failing health resulted in her return to the Caney/Coffeyville area in 2010.
In Weslaco, Shirley was a member of the Weslaco Christian Church and the Red Hat Society. She loved camping, cooking, singing, playing Bingo, and especially playing cards with friends.
Shirley is survived by six children, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grand children, six great-great-grandchildren, and her sister Kay Harlan of Prescott, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband Archie Rollins, her parents James and Florence Ray, her brother James Ray Jr., and her son Archie Rollins Jr.
Services will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City, Kansas with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating..
Friends may call on Monday, August 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials in Shirley’s memorial to the Cornerstone Church of Caney Children’s Ministry; contributions may be left with or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
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David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.