She grew up in Douglas County and graduated from Cabool High School. She was united in marriage to Henry Macomber on August 22, 1953, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Four children were born to this union: Dessie, Mark, Joe, and Lisa.
Shirley was saved and baptized at a young age and was a longtime member of Pleasant Home Free Will Baptist Church. She greatly enjoyed serving the Lord and, earlier in life, taught Sunday school. Shirley was also very involved in the Up’n At’t 4-H Club. She enjoyed farming and milked cows for 20 years. She also worked as an operator for Southwestern Bell.
Shirley was a kind and compassionate lady with a warm heart. She loved spending time with family and friends. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, Gerald, and Bruce Stillwell, and one son-in-law, Randy Howard.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 62 years, Henry Macomber, of the home; two sons, Mark Macomber and wife Debbie of Cabool, Missouri, and Joe Macomber of O’Fallon, Missouri; two daughters, Dessie Howard of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Lisa Housley and husband Mike of Mountain Grove, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Derek Macomber, Deidre Mings, Jeff Howard, Tommy Howard, Miki Sullivan, Chrissi Sullivan, and Wyatt Cantrell; five great-grandchildren, Brittany Howard, Ashley Howard, Katie Howard, Kole Macomber, and Ella Macomber; one brother, Lyle Stillwell; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant Home Church with Rev. Josh Haney officiating. Derek Macomber, Jeff Howard, Tommy Howard, Bobby Stillwell, Bruce Stillwell, Kevin Macomber, and Wyatt Cantrell served as pallbearers. Special songs were “Thank You For The Valley” and “New Name In Glory,” rendered by Susan Sigman. Burial was in Penner Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks or Three Rivers Hospice in care of the funeral home.