Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Shirley Faye Meng-Burrell passed away peacefully on December 24, 2023, in Park Hill, Oklahoma, at the age of 87. Born on March 26, 1936, in Jeromesville, Ohio, Shirley was a cherished daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. Her life was a testament to the warmth of family, the joy of music, and the power of a strong and unwavering faith in God.
Shirley spent her formative years in Jeromesville, Ohio where she was born to Clarence L. Meng and Minnie A. Lucas-Meng. She was a bright light in her family, growing up alongside her seven siblings, with whom she shared an unbreakable bond. After graduating from Jeromesville High School as class Salutatorian, Shirley's pursuit of knowledge led her to Ashland University, where she nurtured her intellect and prepared for a life of service and care.
She married the love of her life, the late Rev. Jack O. Burrell, on February 3, 1957. In her role as a pastor's wife, Shirley became a cornerstone of her community, embodying grace and compassion. Together they built a family founded on faith and love. Their first daughter, Susan, was a blessing to them for a short period of time. After losing Susan and being told they couldn't have any more natural children, Shirley and Jack began the process of adoption. They were blessed with Amanda Ruth in 1969, and Amelia Jill in 1971. She was a loving mother to Mandi and Amy and a wonderful grandmother to her granddaughter, Jordyn Houston & grandson, Tyler Meigs. Her son-in-law, Jamie Houston, also held a special place in her heart.
Shirley's life was marked by the joy she found in music. Her voice was not only a source of personal fulfillment but also an offering of worship and a gift to all who heard her sing. She graced many with her singing in church and was a proud member of the Oklahoma Southern Baptist Singing Churchwomen, sharing her talent both domestically and internationally in places like Romania and Hungary. She also never refused any opportunity to sing and give her personal testimony through Christian Women's Club Luncheons.
Her creative spirit shone brightly through her artistry in sewing and crafts. Shirley transformed old quilts into beautiful displays and adorned her home and the homes of others with her tole paintings. Her passion for collecting antiques reflected her appreciation for the history and stories they held. Shirley's hands were rarely still, as they were often busy creating, giving, and expressing her love through the work they produced.
Shirley's dedication to her community was evident in her volunteer work with local churches and hospice agencies. She provided comfort and support to many, embodying the courage and faith that defined her. Her time spent working in these areas showcased her ability to support and uplift those around her.
To know Shirley was to know a woman of unwavering faith and boundless love. She was a source of light, guiding others through her courage and steadfastness. Her family will forever cherish her memory, as will the countless lives she touched with her kindness and grace.
Shirley's journey on earth has concluded, but the melody of her life's song will continue to resonate in the hearts of those who loved her. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Rev. Jack O. Burrell, and her daughters, Amy Jill and Susan Adella, who preceded her in death. Shirley also joins her parents, Clarence and Minnie Meng, and her siblings, Ruth Meng Markel, Earl Meng, Betty Meng Roseborough, Stanley Meng, Maxine Meng Smith, and Pauline Meng Eggerton, in eternal rest.
The legacy of her love is carried on by her daughter, Mandi Burrell-Houston, her son-in-law, Jamie Houston, granddaughter Jordyn Houston, grandson Tyler Meigs, brother, Jerry Meng, and his wife, Mary Ann Meng, sister-in-law, Dolores Meng, sister-in-law, Noreta Burrell-Baker, sister-in-law, Sue Burrell-Rife, brother-in-law, Charles Burrell, and many treasured nieces and nephews.
The world is a richer place for having been graced by Shirley's presence. Her legacy of love, music, and faith will continue to inspire and comfort her family and friends for generations to come. Shirley will be deeply missed, yet her spirit will live on, a testament to a life well-lived and a soul well-loved.
Services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday January 3, 2024 at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville. Burial will be in Jeromesville Cemetery.
Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.