Shirley Martinez "Lirley" McNemar
1936 - 2019
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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" -2 Timothy 4:7. Shirley "Lirley" Martinez McNemar, age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 10, 2019. She was born on May 4, 1936 to Adam Napoleon Martinez and Lucille Spragis Martinez. Lirley was a strong woman of faith which was shown through the love and grace she extended to those around her. She was a fierce protector and provider to her family to whom she showed unconditional love (along with her 2 dogs, Tasha and Duke). She retired from J.C. Penney and was very proud of her accomplishments. She was one of the first female retail managers in the United States to work for J.C. Penney. Years later, she met the love of her life, Fritz, and they began endless journeys of traveling the world with many friends. Shirley is survived by her daughter Roxanne Jeansonne (IV) and son, Ricky Roché. Her beloved grandchildren Kellie Roché Sirk (Jeff), Josh Phillips (Darla), Skye Phillips Strain (Grady), Richey Roché, Jacob Roché and Mavrick Roché. Great grandchildren Skylar Sirk, Cooper Sirk, Brooklynn Phillips, Bryson Phillips, Hunter Curcio, and Maddie Strain. Also survived by her sisters Mildred "Duddie" Bourg and Ethel Morris. She is preceded in death by her husband Harold "Fritz" McNemar and her siblings, Evelyn Barnett, Adam "Brother" Martinez, Jr., Janice Marie Smith, Raymond "Curly" Martinez, Louis Spragio, and Isabelle "Bell" Kling. The family would like to extend special thanks to her caregivers who were so loving and devoted to her the past few years, Edie Boudreaux and Martile "Tia" Brooks. Also, many thanks to Kathy Ward and Nancy Zito Anderson. Lirley loved you both as her own and our family is forever grateful for the many blessings you both have extended to us over the years. Also, to Dr. Hanson and staff at Mary Bird Perkins, Dr. Lewis and ER staff, Dr. Ford, Dr. Richards and staff in ICU at Our Lady of the Lake for the excellent care you provided. Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation which will be held at Greenoaks Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 10am -12pm. Pall bearers are Josh Phillips, Jeff Sirk, Grady Strain, Mavrick Roche, Jacob Chapman, Benjamin Chapman and David Martinez. Funeral services and burial will immediately follow. We love you Lirley, you will be dearly missed but will live in our hearts forever.

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Published in The Advocate from May 12 to May 15, 2019.
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May 15, 2019
Roxanne - I was so sorry to learn about Shirley. It bought back many memories of the fun times I had with she and Fritz when I would visit mom and dad at Kingsport. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jerry Sylvest del Rio
May 14, 2019
Skye, your dedication and strength is a testament of the beautiful relationship you shared with Lirley. My prayers are with you and your family. May your sweet Lirley rest in peace at home in Heaven. I love you.
Genia Maggio
May 14, 2019
Dear Roxanne & family. We were so very sorry to read the paper today. Shirley, Fritz, Clay & I shared many wonderful memories. Your Mom was a special person. I can remember Tasha 'dogging' her every step, and she loved it. My love and prayers for you and the family.
Suzie Davis
May 14, 2019
We are sending our most sincere condolences, prayers, and love to you, Lirley, and your family. We wish you peace and serenity at this most difficult time. Love, Brenda, Janice, Biff, Penny, Frank, Brooke, and Brandi.
Brenda Biossat
May 13, 2019
Roxy, Ricky and family. So sorry with the loss of Lirley. I never saw her without a big smile on her face. She was stunning. She will be missed but will always remain with you. Love all of you. You have gained an Angel.
Vivian Stevens
May 13, 2019
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May 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss of such a dear loved one. May you each gain comfort from the words of Psalm 51:17 throughout this difficult time in your lives.
PG Williams
May 12, 2019
May your sweet and loving memories help fill the void in your life in the coming days and weeks. Hugs and prayers for the entire family.
John & Melanie Searles
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