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Shirley Cadwallader Rawlins
Date of Birth : July 26, 1929
Date of Death :

Shirley Cadwallader Rawlins, 85, of South Charleston passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, on March 15, 2015, after a brief illness.

Born July 26, 1929, in San Diego, CA , Shirley was the only child of Francys Sherlock and Frank Cadwallader. She lived the majority of her life in her home of West Virginia. She grew up in Charleston, graduated from Charleston High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Richmond Technical Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University).

Shirley married the love of her life, John Morgan Rawlins, on April 3, 1952, They celebrated 53 years together until his death in 2005. She was an incredibly devoted, loving, and selfless wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed by her loving children: Ellen Rawlins Taylor, Betsy Rawlins Myers and Jeffrey, Francys Rawlins Smith, Kathryn Rawlins Dort, John Rawlins IV and Kimberly Peters, Melinda Rawlins Apperson and Chris. She remains beloved Nana to her 9 grandchildren on whom she doted: Elliot Morgan Taylor, Alan Taylor, Russell William Myers, Clara Morgan Myers, Olivia Rawlins Myers, Michael Ryan Smith, Molly Francys Smith, John Joseph “Jack” Dort and Christopher Riley Apperson. Her grandchildren’s lives were enriched by their Nana’s wisdom, encouragement and unconditional love.

Shirley’s strong faith and unfailing optimism sustained her throughout her life. Her artistic skill and soul left its mark on everything she touched. Even with the responsibilities of raising a large family and supporting her husband in all that she did, Shirley volunteered outside of the home throughout her life. She was a consummate hostess who made everyone feel welcome and a part of the family. Her smile, affection, compassion and positive spirit uplifted all who crossed her path. She truly lit up a room with her presence and was unforgettable to all she met.

Her memorial service will be held at 5:30 pm on Friday, May 8th, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W, Charleston, WV 25387 and/or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25311.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Condolences

Pat Simmons Hughart , Posted on 17 Mar 2015
Poca, West Virginia
Ellen & family - I am sorry to learn of your mother\'s passing. Yes, her smile did make everyone feel welcome in your home. I enjoyed playing the piano with you - some type of \"duet\". I can remember our love for the Beatles in fifth grade. There was always room for an extra kid at your house. Thinking of all of you. Pat
Gene and Phyllis Myers , Posted on 21 Mar 2015
Ronceverte, West Virginia
Mother of our beautiful daughter -in- law, Betsy, Shirley was always a lovely, generous friend to us. we remember good times visiting with her. Shirley took us to dinner the last time we were with her. She will be missed,her beautiful smile, her beautiful eyes and wonderful personality will keep her in our memory. Our deepest sympathy to her family. they were all so close to their mother and each other. god Bless.