Shirley Lavon Clouse, 81, of Licking, Mo., passed away on December 19, 2023. She was born to parents Richard and Opal Reeder, on July 23, 1942, in Licking, Mo.
Shirley is survived by her husband, Billie Lee Clouse; her children, Billie-Jean Clouse, Sherry Lynn Al-Hassan, Rebekah and Wayne Mcfatridge, Aprial and Ed Farhood, Amanda and Shaun Mason; and her brother, Don Reeder. Shirley was blessed with 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Danny Reeder and sister, Una Paules. Shirley truly loved all of her grandchildren, James Manion, Mary Manion, Dana Cortez, Anwar Al-Hassan, Deven McFatridge, Megan McFatridge, Brittny Perea, Braxie Farhood, Sabian Farhood, Evan Farhood, Evelyn Rissell, Mason Farhood, Zack Williamson, Andrea Williamson, Jordan Mason, Jessica Mason and Carter Mason. Her great grandchildren include Emma Erwin, Alexander Erwin, Wyatt Wade, Aurora Garcia, Gideon Garcia, Shristopher Williamson, Izzy Farhood and Effie Farhood.
Billie often recalls their courtship to both the grandchildren and great grandchildren alike, that Shirley knew that she would marry him. Although Billie was serving in the Navy the two could not be kept apart. Following an extended 19-month tour overseas, Billie and Shirley were reunited at a volleyball game. Shirley knew who she was meant to marry and declared that Billie Lee Clouse was to be her husband. After only officially courting for a short while, Billie Lee and Shirley were married on April 7, 1961, in Licking, Mo. Even with the stress of planning a wedding, Shirley still made her own wedding dress with the help of her mother.
As she and Billie were born and raised in Licking, the two were excited to start their family together in their hometown. With love, they raised five daughters. Shirley embraced being a mother. She was firm but fair. Her girls recall that she would confront school bullies or whip out the soap when you even thought of talking back. Even with a strict guiding hand, she always found time for fun. She always pulled a prank when the opportunity presented itself.
All grandchildren and great grandchildren remember the nicknames Shirley gave to them, it was one of her favorite ways to express her love. Each goofier than the last, there was never a name she could not make a nickname out of. She loved playing cards, or any game that she could share her favorite jokes with her grandchildren. Shirley shared her love of art through painting watercolors, sewing, crocheting and puzzles with her family.
Shirley dedicated her life to Jehovah on June 15, 1965. She Pioneered and Auxiliary Pioneered many times throughout her life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she lovingly spent many hours and wrote many letters to help people come to know and love Jehovah during those trying times. Shirley was an exceptional driving force and presence in her family. She will be truly missed, and the family is looking forward to seeing her again.
The family has entrusted Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness of Licking, Mo., with the memorial. The memorial is scheduled for Sunday, December 24, 2023, at 2 p.m. at 11789 Crest Lane, Licking, MO 65542. There will be a meal provided following the memorial at Magnolia Way, 115 Cedar St. Licking, MO 65542 Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.foxfh.net.