A memorial service for Shirley Gracelyn (Clayton) Kiger, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, at First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Kiger passed away peacefully on April 19, 2015 at Ozarks Medical Center, with loved ones at her side.
She was born February 17, 1930 at Beeville, Texas to Barton and Grace (White) Clayton. She graduated from Corpus Christi High School and Del Mar College before continuing her education at Texas A & I in Kingsville, Texas where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Shirley married Paul Alan Kiger on July 7, 1951. Together they raised six children. She worked as a school librarian and English teacher from 1965 until 1983. Shirley served her church, First Baptist Church of West Plains, in various capacities. She was also involved in the Women’s Library Club II, Friends of the West Plains Library and Missouri Council of the Blind. She served for many years as a volunteer at First Baptist Church Food Bank, Ozarks Medical Center and the OMC Thrift Store.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Barton Leroy and Clara Grace (White) Clayton.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Paul Kiger, of the family home; six children, James Alan Kiger and wife Vicki, John Clayton Kiger, Jeffrey Lee Kiger and wife Maryann, Joel Chandler Kiger, Jeremy Charles Kiger and wife Brandy and Janet Stevenson and husband Mitch; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at a later date in Beeville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Annie Armstrong Missions, American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.