Shirley Ann Hendricks

Shirley Ann Hendricks passed away Jan. 20, 2021, in Republic. Born in Salem, on Aug. 6, 1937, to Charley and Edna Powell Rogers, she was the youngest of 12 children. She spent much of her youth and young adult years in Springfield, Missouri, graduating from both Springfield High School (now Central High) and Baptist Bible College.
When Hendricks met the love of her life, Floyd Hendricks, on the campus of Baptist Bible College, they had no idea what an amazing love story of over 50 years they were beginning together.  Besides the Lord and each other, the delights of their lives were their two children and their families: Jeffrey and Leah Hendricks of Elkhart, Ind., and Janette and Jason Lange of Springfield. She doted on her eight grandchildren.  In her retirement years, one would usually find her playing games, working puzzles, and baking cookies with her grandchildren.
Floyd and Shirley served full-time pastoral ministry at churches in Prescott, Kan. and Elkhart, Ind. The bulk of their ministry was spent at Highland Park Baptist Church in Elkhart, Ind. where Shirley wrote the extensive Sunday school curriculum for almost 40 years, did much of the church bookwork, and led the ladies ministries. 
Hendricks was also an administrative assistant and legal assistant for over 50 years, serving lawyers and judges throughout her long and successful career. When she retired, she got her real estate license just to prove to herself that she could still learn new things in her 60s.
When Alzheimer’s began attacking Hendricks over 12 years ago, she dreaded what she knew would be the darkest night of her life.  She fought long and hard to maintain her independence and intellect.  When her safety required admittance into a memory care unit, she continued to pray and read her Bible, enjoying Gaither videos and I Love Lucy. But her favorite hours were still the ones spent with her beloved Floyd, holding his hand, smiling at him, enjoying the Dr. Pepper he brought to her in his wheelchair. She mostly slept for two straight weeks when he nearly died in October 2020.  But she rallied to live three and a half more months, grinning brightly when her children and grandchildren would visit her through the window, always beckoning them to please come inside to see her.
Finally, on that sunny day in January, as her favorite red birds were playing near the window, God finally led Shirley out of the darkest years of her life.
Hendricks was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, eight brothers, three sisters, and an unborn grandchild.
A viewing for Hendricks will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at Cherry Street Baptist Church in Springfield.  The homegoing celebration service will be held immediately afterward at 11 a.m., with a private family graveside service at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery later in the afternoon.
Memorial gifts may be sent in Hendricks' honor to the building improvement fund of Highland Park Baptist Church, 54162 Highland Blvd, Elkhart, Indiana 46514.


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