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Shirley Ann Link

Shirley Ann (Jones) Link, 77, of Fredericktown, died Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Stockhoff Memorial Nursing Home. She was born October 28, 1940 in Knob Lick, Missouri, the daughter of  Cole Augustine “Tat” and Grace Mahela (Wells) Jones. The doctor did not arrive in time, so she was delivered by her Grandma Jones, who then told the doctor when he did arrive… “she is old enough to be laughing at you.” 

She married Ivan Leo Link Jr of Fredericktown July 12, 1958.

Mrs. Link was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John Charles Jones, Linus Randy Jones; and sister Jeanetta Jones Dickey.

Survivors include her three children, Lewis Cole Link of House Springs, Lance Craig Link of Lebanon, Missouri and Sherial Lynn Link of Fredericktown; son-in-law Francisco Valencia of Fredericktown; daughter-in-law Becky Link of Lebanon; grandchildren Antonia Valencia Burks, Rachel Link Starnes, Kyle Link, Eli Valencia, Ezra Valencia, Benjamin Link, Jana Valencia Kunz, Aaron Link and John Link; and great-grandchildren Asa Burks, Madelyn Link, Anora Burks, Hudson Link, Aleric Burks and Audrey Burks.

Shirley became a believer at Mount Pisgah Southern Baptist Church in 1952 during a revival and was baptized in the creek that ran by the church. While raising her family, they attended and were members of Second Baptist Church in Fredericktown and later in life she attended Calvary Temple in Fredericktown.

Places Shirley lived during her life were Knob Lick, Zion, Mount Pisgah, Wichita, Kansas, Nashville, Indiana and Fredericktown. She worked as a waitress in high school, attended beauty school at Molar College in St. Louis, worked in housekeeping and also was head cook at Madison Memorial Hospital, helped her sister run a meat shop in Nashville, and worked 17 years in the embroidery department of Cap America.

Shirley was an amazing cook, loved to embroidery and made you feel welcome and at home when you visited her. She was a good conversationalist and fun to travel with. She looked for the positive side of life, liked to analyze situations and people, was a good listener, gave advice wisely and she loved her dogs.

Services for Shirley will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Follis & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Sawyer officiating. Visitation starts at 11:30 a.m., July 8. Pallbearers are her grandsons, Kyle Link, Eli Valencia, Ezra Valencia, Benjamin Link, Aaron Link, and John Link. Shirley’s burial will be at the Knob Lick Cemetery, Knob Lick.

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