Shirley Jean Burkhead Scott, age 83 of Boonville, Missouri, passed away on July 20, 2023, at Riverdell Care Center surrounded by family and caregivers.
Visitation for Shirley will be Friday, July 28, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Howard Funeral Home, Boonville, MO, with Pastor Chris Greenhagen officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville, MO.
Casket bearers will be: Jeff Lammers, Stan Knipp, Todd Glover, Keyton Lammers, Clayton Gochenour, and Jace Bowman. Honorary bearers are Shirley’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Shirley was born September 1, 1939, to Frank Wilson and Ella Mae Harris Burkhead. She attended Boonville Schools, graduating high school in 1957. After graduation, Shirley attended the Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
She retired from the Boonville R-1 School District after over 35 years of service. She missed her passion of being with children and assumed the role of volunteering as a Foster Grandparent at Hannah Cole Elementary School for many years. She loved every minute of volunteering and giving back to children who just needed a little extra attention. Shirley was also a member of the Ladies Auxillary at Cooper County Memorial Hospital until its closure. Some of her favorite times were playing golf and bridge with local ladies and, of course, attending any and all sporting events of her grandchildren.
Shirley was a devoted mother first and foremost, raising three children. Her children were the focus of her life. She always encouraged them in their various interests and endeavors and was alongside embracing every moment she could with them.
Shirley will be known for her devotion to her family. She embraced every moment she had with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Shirley always looked forward to family gatherings and she loved to cook. She was an expert at preparing delicious meals for her family and friends. She was truly a master in the kitchen!
Shirley was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church in Boonville, Missouri and loved by many present members. Faith was very important to her.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Frank W. Burkhead, Jr., sister-in-law, Eleanorie Humphreys Burkhead and grandchild, Colby Gochenour. Shirley is survived by her children Steve Scott (Dr. Todd Glover) of Kansas City, MO, Cindy (Jeff) Lammers of Boonville, MO, and Cathy Gochenour (Stan Knipp) of Boonville. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Dr. Keyton (Kelsey) Lammers of Kansas City, MO, Morgan Lammers of Roeland Park, KS, Clayton Gochenour of Boonville, MO, Elizabeth Knipp of Mexico, MO, Hadley Knipp of Holts Summit, MO, and two great grandchildren, Peyton Alexandria Lammers and Brooks Michael Lammers of Kansas City, MO and a nephew and two nieces in Jefferson City, MO.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials to Boonville R-1 Education Foundation or the Boonville Pirate Athletic Booster Club.