Shirley Faye (nee Dingley) Grayson of Steelville, Missouri was born March 6, 1934 in Bland, Missouri to Paul Obed and Minnie Melinda Jane Mitchell Dingley and passed away on January 27, 2021 at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 21 days.
She married Noel Glen Grayson.
Shirley and Glen loved traveling. An Alaskan cruise and a Caribbean cruise were their favorite trips.
Shirley had been employed at Cuba Shoe for a number of years. She attended Cosmetology School in the evenings and in 1963 she opened Shirley’s Beauty Shop. For 55 years she styled hair and cared for “her ladies.” In 1995, Shirley joined her son Alan when he opened Hair and Body Care. She continued to work as a cosmetologist until her retirement in 2017.
Shirley was also active in her community and church. She chaperoned teen dances, helped Go-Getters 4-H Club, served the Martha and Mary Chapter of Easter Star, danced with Yadkin Creek Cloggers and was honored as Steelville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. For 50 years she served as nursery coordinator for Steelville First Baptist Church.
Christmas was her favorite holiday. On Christmas Eve the entire family gathered at her house for a huge dinner and a visit from Santa. Shirley loved being Santa’s helper passing out stockings and gifts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Grayson of over 60 years; parents, Paul and Minnie Dingley; and one sister, Joy Dingley.
She is survived by her children, Lena (Roger) Halbert, Roger (Kim) Grayson, Melinda (Drew) Stubblefield and Alan (Wanda) Grayson; 13 grandchildren, Nicole (Tony) Smith, Heather Halbert, Sarah Dunn, Schoen Grayson, Adam (Amber) Grayson, Samantha (Brian) Heckemeyer, Jessica (Joshua) Mabe, Andrew (Lisa) Stubblefield, Matt (Rockael) Stubblefield, Erin (Brad) Sexauer, Kyle (Hailey) Grayson, Kara (Kyle) Gearhart and Dillon Grayson; 30 great grandchildren, Jackson Case, Sophie Case, Mia Case, Elisabeth Dunn, John Dunn, Grayson Dunn, Cameron Grayson, Karleigh Grayson, Juliet Grayson, Gaven Grayson, Jonah Grayson, Silas Grayson, Freya Grayson, Benton Heckemeyer, Lucy Heckemeyer, August Heckemeyer, Lane Mabe, Carter Mabe, Ada Mabe, Danny Mabe, Anslee Stubblefield, Leightin Stubblefield, Sila Stubblefield, Ivory Stubblefield, Joey Stubblefield, Meera Stubblefield, Chace Grayson, Callie Grayson, Kole Gearhart and Kayson Gearhart; special friend, Alice Isgriggs; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home with Adam Grayson officiating. Schoen Grayson read the obituary and shared a poem that he wrote in memory of his “Nanny.” Special music of “The Old Rugged Cross” was sung by Kyle Grayson with Cheryl Haggett as pianist and “Thank God for Kids” was sung and played on piano by Rev. Jerry Beers. Other music of “Precious Memories” was sung by Erin Sexauer with Brad Sexauer on guitar and “Amazing Grace” was sung by Gaven Grayson and Jonah Grayson with Gavin Grayson on guitar. Special memories were shared by granddaughter Heather Halbert and great granddaughter Sophie Case. Opening and closing prayers were by Jackson Case.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Beers singing and playing “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” Closing prayer was by Adam Grayson.
Casket bearers were Schoen Grayson, Kyle Grayson, Dillon Grayson, Andy Stubblefield, Matt Stubblefield and Jackson Case.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.