January 15, 2019

Shirley M. (Hawley) Harpster

Died Sept. 19, 2017


Shirley Marie (Hawley) Harpster, 87, of Harlingen, Texas, passed away Sept. 19, 2017, at Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen, Texas.

Shirley was born in Detroit on Feb. 15, 1930, to the late Reta (Sageman) and Charles Harmon. Shirley married Russell W. Hawley (who preceded her in death) and lived in Mio for more than 40 years. She worked at Essex Wire in Atlanta for many years, returning to school to receive her business degree. She then worked for the state of Michigan as a caseworker in Oscoda and Ogemaw counties until her retirement in 1991. She moved to Harlingen, Texas, permanently in 1995.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Mio and St. Anthony’s in Harlingen, Texas, where she was a Eucharistic minister and a devoted Catholic. Shirley was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, affectionately known as “Grandma M & M.” She loved spending time with her family and friends, camping, fishing (it didn't matter what kind of fishing it was), playing dominoes, traveling to different areas of the country and world and most importantly she loved and enjoyed life.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (Thomas) Lemon of Charlevoix; her son, Jeffrey Hawley of Mio; her sisters, Beverly Harpster of Tennessee and Barbara Latimer of Michigan; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; her dear friend, Rosie Williams and family; many nieces and nephews; along with many special friends in Harlingen, Mio and Charlevoix.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Glenn B. Harpster; her sister, Marjorie Latimer; her brother, William Harmon; her sons, Dennis R. Hawley, Richard W. Hawley and Russell C. Hawley; her granddaughter, Amy; and great-grandson, Sawyer.

In accordance to her wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service and interment of ashes will be at Mentor Township Cemetery, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m., with Father Santiago Hoyumpa officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or a charity of your choice. Local arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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