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Services were held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Tabernacle Baptist Church for Carolyn Paulette Shirley of Roswell.

Shirley, 78, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at her home.

Interment followed the services at South Park Cemetery in Roswell. Pallbearers were Alvin Almond Jr., David Almond, Tony Martinez, James Nelson Wright, Manuel Gonzalez and Joshua Burrell.

Passionate, determined, dedicated and loving are only a few words that could describe Carolyn Shirley. From a young age, she was passionate about God and doing His work. She often told of teaching Sunday School at the age of 12. Many people have been touched and inspired by her relentless desire to see souls saved and lives transformed.

Her husband truly found a treasure that was “far above rubies” as they served together in ministry for 45 years. Since its beginning in 1997, Lighthouse Academy was the place she loved to be. “Mrs. Shirley” had a special way of teaching, mentoring and correcting the children. They loved her dearly.

Her door and her heart were always open to friends and family. To those of us who called her “Mom” and “Grandma,” we will always remember her love of cooking, sewing and gardening. There was always coffee or tea and a meal if you had time to come by and sit a spell.

Because her love of life was so large, her passing will leave a very large and empty place in our hearts. This pain can only be lessened knowing that she is passionately and lovingly worshiping her savior as she dances on streets of gold.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Shirley, of the family home; daughter Paula Almond and husband Alvin Sr. of Roswell; sister Bertha Tougher of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Pauline Chrisley; and brothers James and Dale Chrisley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Center UPC, P.O. Box 642, Roswell, N.M., 88202.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Roswell. Condolences may be expressed online at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.