SHIRLEY RUTH CHRISTMAS, 85, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Nov. 18, 2020. Her parents, Leon and Ruth Rush, welcomed her into this world on Oct. 12, 1935. She was raised in the Holly Springs community with her brothers and sisters. On March 20, 1954, she married the love of her life, Carl Vernon Christmas. Together they had two children, Lissa and Danny. While at times Shirley kept children in her home, her main focus was taking care of her family. She took great pride in creating a welcoming home and preparing meals for her loved ones. She later became a CNA working at Blount Memorial Hospital and Manor Nursing Home. One of her most notable attributes was her faith. She spent time in God’s word every day and loved to sing in the choir. She also enjoyed going to hymnal singings and Sunday school and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Springville. The past four years Shirley was a resident of Diversicare of Oneonta. She loved socializing with the other residents in the dining hall, having her hair and nails done, and playing her favorite activity, Bingo.
She is survived by her daughter Lissa (Mike) LaRue of Oneonta; son Danny (Jan) Christmas of Gardendale; grandchildren Shannon (Harold) Sumerford of Birmingham, Shelly Christmas of Gardendale, Candace (Rusty) Ashworth of Gardendale, Kyle (Brooke) Christmas of Gardendale, and Cameron LaRue of Oneonta; grandchildren by love Alecia and Orlando Gutierrez; and brother Onice Rush of Springville. She had 14 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Carl Christmas, granddaughter Sheena Christmas Dixon, brother Billy Rush, sisters Irene Blythe, Marie Roper, and Bernice Jones, and her dogs Sparky and Misty.
Services were held at the graveside of New Hope Cemetery in the Holly Springs community on Monday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., with Steve Sullivan officiating. Asked to be pallbearers were Kyle Christmas, Cameron LaRue, Rusty Ashworth, Ashton Dixon, Eason Jinright, and Brodie Christmas. Honorary pallbearers were Dominic LaRue, Owen Gutierrez, and Hudson and Ryder Ashworth. Lemley Funeral Home directed.
-obituary written by family