Friday, May 24, 2019

Shirley J. Elkins

Shirley J. Elkins, age 69 years, a resident of Buncombe, passed away Tuesday morning, December 18, 2018, at 3:45 AM at her home.

Shirley was born August 31, 1949 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth (Haire) Manus.

On June 7, 1970, Shirley was united in marriage to Jim Elkins in Buncombe.  He preceded her in death on March 21, 2000.

Survivors include: her daughters – Krystal (Terry) Pierce of Metropolis and Rachel (Paul) McBride of Vienna; 5 grandchildren – Payton, Nathan, Macy, Briley, and Hadley; a sister-in-law – Patti (Gale) Evans of Mt. Vernon and a niece – Tiffany (Jeremy) Myers of Searcy, Arkansas.

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by: a son – Brad Elkins; a daughter – Tracy Elkins; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law – Halbert and Helen Elkins.

Shirley was a 1967 graduate of the Anna-Jonesboro High School.  She received a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University.

Shirley was employed by the Regional Office of Education.  She was an instructor in the Adult Education/G.E.D. program as well as the Youth Alternative Education program.

Shirley was a beautiful artist and loved to paint and draw.  She designed and collected one-of-a-kind custom dolls.  Shirley also loved flowers and enjoyed spending time in her garden.  She enjoyed quilting and was a loving grandmother.

A graveside service will be conducted Thursday morning, December 20, 2018, at 11 AM at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Buncombe. Those attending the service are asked to gather at the cemetery at 10:45 AM Thursday.

In accordance with Shirley’s wishes, there will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the SIH Cancer Institute and may be left in care of Bailey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 695, Vienna, Illinois 62995.

To share a memory of Shirley or to leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

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