Shirley Matthews Orfield

Shirley Matthews Orfield, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 26, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

A memorial service was held June 23, at the Winscott Road Funeral Home in Benbrook, TX.

Born Shirley Ann Hayes on June 2, 1938 to Marshall Whitney Hayes and Norma Elizabeth Earl Hayes in Lyons, MI, she was the older of two girls. Her sister, Mary Hayes Smith, preceded her in death in 2006. After graduating from Lyons High School, Shirley attended Lansing Business College. She moved to Hobbs, NM in 1962 with her husband Gary A. Matthews, where they lived and raised their family until she moved to Fort Worth, TX in 1989 to be near her daughter. In 2009, she married Gary Orfield and relocated to Morgan, TX where she lived until earlier this year when she returned to Fort Worth due to medical issues.

Shirley grew up in the Lyons Methodist Church and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hobbs, NM for 27 years and then Overton Park United Methodist Church in Fort Worth until 2009. At the time of her death she was a member of the Bosque County Cowboy Church. Shirley was a life-long member of Eastern Star in Hobbs, NM, Bethany Chapter 56.

Shirley is survived by her daughter Karen James Aguilar of Benbrook, TX; two sons Bryan R. Matthews and his wife Tammy of Midland, MI and Jeffery A. Matthews and his wife Amy of Haslett, TX; grandchildren Jessica, Tyler and his wife Jordan, Logan, Dylan and his wife Jessica and Steven; one great-grandchild Ezra; several nieces and nephews, as well many dear lifelong friends.

Shirley was a happy, cheerful woman, loved her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. Friendly to all, she never knew a stranger. Though her struggles are now over and she is happy and at peace with her Lord, she will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

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