Shirley Walker-Sneed, born on May 11, 1952, in Deadwood,South Dakota to Laurence Petitt and Mary Kaubisch-Petitt; she passed away peacefully in her Longview, Texas home, on the morning of Saturday, July 18, 2020.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Myles Walker and David Sneed; two brothers; Billy and Gerald Petitt; and a sister Hester Milks.
Shirley attended and graduated from the Spearfish School system in 1971. She moved to New Jersey in the late 70s, where she would have the chance to fulfill her passions in helping people by working for New Community Project in Newark. NJ. She married her 1st husband Myles Walker in 1983 who preceded her in death, in 1986 she married David Sneed. They remained a loving couple until he passed in 2014. Shirley and David loved to travel as they moved and lived in many states from New Jersey to North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee until they found their forever home in Longview Tx.
Shirley was an extremely independent woman who could do anything with her hands, she was a jack of all trades and a master of none. Dynamite comes in small packages, she’d often say with her firecracker personality. She loved to tell stories, read romance novels, listen to music, collect gemstones and jewelry. She loved the beach and the mountains. She had a green thumb and enjoyed her plants. Shirley never met a stranger; and her friends soon became family. She’d say her family was her greatest accomplishment! The love her and David shared was so strong they were often called soul mates. Shirley adored her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered and missed by many.
Shirley is survived by her son, Emery L. Walker of Longview; daughter, son‐in‐law and grandchildren Suzy, Tony, Anthony & Briana Kirkpatrick of Tatum, TX; five brothers and seven sisters, Christopher Petitt (wife) Bee of Kingsville, MO, Henry Petitt (wife) Barbara of Nevada, MO, Larry Petitt of Nom Teng, Thailand, Edith Petitt-Zabriskie of Short Hills, NJ, Rose Ella Thomas of Benson, NC, Sharon Chanove of Nevada, MO, Toni Kidd (Husband) Lindy of Nisland, SD, Edward Petitt (wife) Helen of Grand Junction, Colorado, Sheila Barry of Benson, NC, Patrick Petitt (wife) Karen of Spearfish, SD and Barbie Sweet (Husband) Steve of Rhinelander, WI. Shirley was loved by a plethora of nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted family.
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