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Shirley Dell Akins Bubar

September 23, 1941 - October 27, 2019

Visitation: Tuesday, November 26, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Memorial Service: Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 9:30 AM, at the Robert Carr Chapel on the campus of TCU.  Parking is available behind the chapel in the lots along Parmer Ave. and Lowden St.

Interment: Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to Brite Divinity School, TCU Box 298130, Fort Worth TX 76129.

Shirley Dell Akins Bubar, 78, died on October 27, 2019 of complications from pneumonia.

Shirley was born on September 23, 1941, the oldest child of Manferd and Margaret Akins, in Fort Worth, where she lived virtually her entire life.  She graduated from Paschal High School and began working as a legal secretary in the law office of Donald C. Bubar.

Shirley married Gilbert Ramming in 1959 and had a daughter, Micki.  After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Mr. Bubar in 1969, and together they had a son, Wallace.  For over twenty years, she focused her attention on being a homemaker and devoted mother to her two children.

Later on, with both children grown, Shirley went back to work at Brite Divinity School at TCU, where she began in the admissions office and eventually became Executive Assistant to the Dean.  She was known for her exemplary work ethic and warm, welcoming presence.  She treasured the relationships she made over 18 years with Brite students, faculty, and staff.

In her leisure time, Shirley enjoyed reading, traveling, attending concerts and plays, walking in Overton Park, cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs and the Dallas Cowboys, and spoiling her beloved dog, Payton.

Being a mother and grandmother, however, gave her the greatest pleasure.  In recent years, she especially enjoyed being able to attend her granddaughters’ ballet performances, soccer games, choral concerts, and school programs.

Shirley had been a member of University Baptist Church and Colonial Country Club, and was a perennial board member of the Royale Orleans East condo association.  In 2018, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where she was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and PEO, and was active in the programs at Wesley Acres retirement community.

She is survived by her daughter, Micki Matcham (Sidney) of Poolville, and her son, Wallace Bubar (Gabriele Albrecht) of Des Moines; granddaughters, Vanessa Coomer of Grand Prairie, Magdalena Bubar and Sophie Bubar of Des Moines; step-grandson, Landon Matcham (Kaprice) of Fort Worth; great-grandson, Parker Null of Grand Prairie; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother and sister, and one great-grandson.