Shirley McHaney passed away on July 9, 2018 at the age of 98. Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Wednesday, July 11 at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, July 12 at The First Baptist Church in Roby, followed by burial in the Roby Cemetery.
Shirley was born on July 21, 1919 in Sylvester, TX, the youngest of three children to parents Arch and Ada Belle Griffin.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University) in Denton, TX and a Master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University.
Shirley was a beloved teacher who spent the majority of her 35+ year career teaching 1st grade at Roby Elementary School, where she influenced hundreds of members of the community. A loyal member of The First Baptist Church of Roby, Shirley was the church pianist for many years. She was a successful farmer, an avid gardener, a renowned baker, a wonderful mother, and an exceptional Green Grannie to her three grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her real family, Shirley had an ever-growing extended family of friends that loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her two older brothers, Vernon and Raymond, and her husband, James Herbert McHaney, to whom she was married for 62 years, from October 14, 1941 until his death in 2004.
She is survived by sons James McHaney Jr. and wife Anita, and Stephen McHaney and wife Reba; grandchildren Andrea Maynard and husband Mick, Bonney Wilkinson and husband Robert, and Donovan McHaney and wife Jennifer; great-grandchildren Taylor, Sydney, Ella, Kate, and Colton Maynard; Carter, Jackson, and Grady Wilkinson; and Aiden and Keira McHaney.
In lieu of flowers and food to the family, please consider donating to Shirley’s favorite organization, The Hub, in honor of her commitment to young people.
I'll never forget this lady.........great teacher and human being, she truly loved all of her 'kids'.....
Robert AllenRoby, TX
Mrs McHaney was my favorite teacher. I still have a little dog plant holder that she gave to me when someone knocked a plant I had taken to school off the window ledge in our classroom, I have fond memories of her.
Susie Cave HicksLubbock, TX
Oh my what a privilege my family has had to know this dear sweet wonderful lady, Green Granny (to us)...She was always gracious and welcoming and truly cared about every individual...How wonderful that she was a teacher ......I can only imagine the impact she has had on so many lives. I am so honored to have known her and travelled and spent time with her and her lovely family.....God Bless your sweet Angel, Shirley. Love, Susan Hester
Susan HesterSandy, UT
If there were more first grade teachers like her, the world would be a better place. She and her husband were great teachers and two of my favorites.
Gina Stewart McCreaSan Angelo, TX
We love you, Grannie
Patrick, Christie & Hannah MartinezMidland, TX
I will always treasure the memories of my first grade teacher, Mrs. McHaney. Not only was she a great teacher, but also an avid gardener and I loved listening to her play the piano at church.
Tammy MulanaxSweetwater, TX
Mrs. McHaney (ahem... Shirley) was a treasure to us all, and she will be missed terribly. Love to you all.
Jake CarrikerAustin, TX
A grand lady who had a positive impact on so many kids. I spent many hours at her house and she was one of the nicest people I have ever known. Heaven's got one of the best.
David and Brenda BrownThe Colony, TX
My sincere condolences to your family. Aunt Shirley was a special person. She was the hardest working woman I knew. She was there for our family many years ago when our little sister, Cindy, was fighting cancer. God bless your family.
Kathy BrooksAbilene, TX
Rest in peace, my dear friend. Mr. And Mrs. McHaney helped me love education. In recent years Mrs. McHaney became one of my dearest friends and simply Shirley. I will always cherish our friendship. She loved her family is the most unconditional way possible. The world and particularly Roby is a better place because of Shirley McHaney. We were blessed by being part of her flock.
Nancye AshleyKosse, TX