Shirley Gene (Whitescarver) Keen Hutchison

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shirley Gene (Whitescarver) Keen Hutchison, age 81, formally of Cassville, Missouri, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., surrounded by her children.

Shirley was born on December 24, 1935, in Picher, Oklahoma, to Violet Hattie Thompson and James Orville Whitescarver. She spent her childhood and young adult years in Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Joplin, Missouri, before moving to Cassville in 1972. There she worked in the banking business, was the Public Administrator of Barry County for 16 years and was Manager of Senior Citizenís Housing for 23 years before retiring in 2003.

Since her retirement, Shirley spent most of her time traveling to visit her four children and their families. She especially enjoyed traveling with and going to the University of Memphis womenís basketball games. She was a resident of Memphis, Tenn., before moving to Port St. Lucie in 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Violet Hattie Thompson and James Orville Whitescarver and one sister, Diana Kay Whitescarver.

She is survived by her four children; Michelle McLean and her husband Mike of Exeter, Calif.; Gene McFerrin and his wife Allison of Atchison, Kan., Melissa McFerrin of Memphis, Tenn., and Melanie Carr and her husband Jim of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one sister, Paula Seaman and her husband Wendell of McKinney, Texas; five grandchildren, Beth Micari and her husband Larry of Exeter, Calif., Amy Carr of Austin, Texas, Jimmy Carr of New York, NY, Matthew Carr of Tallahassee, Fla., and Libby McFerrin of Atchison, Kan.; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Baylee Micari of Exeter, Calif., nieces Belinda Seaman Dial and Janell Seaman Wyant and nephew Brent Seaman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Habitat for Humanity, Cassville, Missouri, or the Parkinsonís Foundation of America.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cassville, with Pastor James Weaver officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m, to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017, at the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri.