Nov 27 2015
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Shirley Anita Skains Gamblin, age 78, of Llano Texas, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, October 29, 2015. A memorial celebration was held at 2:00 on Sunday, November , 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Llano, Texas with Pastor Rick Cundiff officiating. Arrangements were by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home of Llano, Texas.
She was born in Beeville, Texas on October 8, 1937. She graduated in 1956 from McCamey High School where she was a cheerleader, played in the band and sang tenor in the choir. She was also heavily involved in McCamey 4-H going on to receive an award in the Texas State Fair 4-H sewing contest as well as serving as a regional and state planning representative.
Shirley married the love of her life, Rell Weldon Gamblin, on December 28, 1955. Starting out in Midland, they also lived in Abilene, Sunray, and as far north as Bixby, Oklahoma, before eventually settling to raise their family in Lake Dallas, Texas.
Shirley was the Lake Dallas Junior High secretary for over 30 years. As an adult she was involved in various organizations, among them leading Girl Scouts of America troops for many years, co-founding the Lake Dallas Stuff N’ Stitch Guild with long-time friends, and later, participating in Llano Culture Club. She was a member of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Lake Dallas, Texas until relocating to Llano Texas and joining First Baptist Church and the Llano Cowboy Church.
She is survived by her husband, Rell; her children, Darwin and his fiancée, Kathy, Deborah and her husband Joel, and Tina and her husband Jim. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Kadie, Carrleigh, Chance, Caroline, and Jake as well as one great-grandchild, Nora, with little brother, Isaac, on the way. She is survived by two brothers, Billy and Eddie, her sisters, Mary Alice and Joyce, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Her parents, Currie and Sadie Skains, as well as many dear friends and family, were there in Heaven waiting to welcome her home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the American Diabetes Association. Shirley’s family would like to thank the First Baptist Church of Llano as well as all of the great friends that have been so supportive during this time.
Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..