Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1945

Shirley Kinsfather Mayhall SHIRLEY LOUIS KINSFATHER MAYHALL, 87, passed away on May 19, 2015 in Abilene, TX. Shirley L. Mayhall was born on Sept. 24, 1928 in Mercedes, TX to German immigrants Rev. John Kinsfather & Mollie Foos. At a very early age she learned to play the guitar & piano and thus began her lifelong ministry of music and singing for the Lord. During many of her father's revivals she played the guitar and she and her sister Elsie provided the music. She met the love of her life at the age of 13 when her dad was called to pastor the church in Ranger, TX. She attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1945 and graduated in the summer. Shirley was President of the Future Homemakers. She met Lonnie L. Mayhall, Sr. (RHS-1943) on the first Sunday when the Mayhall family invited them out to their home in the country for Sunday dinner. Three and a half years later they were married at her dad's church in Ranger by Rev Lonzo Sides. Lonnie Sr. and Shirley eventually settled in Abilene in 1953 on Westmoreland Street at the same home in which she has continued to reside for the last 62 years. They had four children; Sharon, Elaine, Janel & Lonnie Jr. She was an outstanding homemaker and also worked 18 years with AISD. She continued her music & singing ministry into her 80s at the First United Pentecostal Church of Abilene, that her Dad, the Rev. JJ Kinsfather, pastored for 38 years. She was an amazing wife & mother who loved to cook, entertain her family, and take care of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley also had an ongoing letter and card ministry as well as volunteering her vehicle to get other elderly friends and church members to and from church services or other places. She was diligent in reading the Bible daily and her favorite bible to read from was her parent's bible. She often commented on how her father would read from that very bible before every meal during her childhood. Although, she was unable to continue some of these activities in the last several years due to illness, she remained a steadfast, intercessory prayer warrior for her family, and church. She had a loving, outgoing personality and a huge heart for giving and helping others in her church and community. At the time of her death, she was survived by two child- ren; Janel Mayhall Young & husband Gary of Tuscola, and Lonnie L. Mayhall Jr. and wife Sandy of Missouri City, TX. Eight grandchildren; Curt Sanders, Chad Sanders and wife Nellie, Norman Sanders, Bert Young and wife Amber, Dr. Traci Young King and husband James, Malorie Mayhall Gilbert and husband Landon, Kaden Mayhall and Abigail Mayhall; and fourteen great-grandchildren: Rode, Audrey, Dalton, Garrison, Hannah, Tate, Elaina, Madalynn, Caleb, JE, Jaxson, Deagan, Jenna and Bella. She is also survived by one son-in-law, Norman Sanders, II of Abilene and two aunts; Minnie B Kinsfather and Martha Genewinckle of New Braunfels, TX; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Sr; her father, Rev J.J. Kinsfather; mother, Mollie Foos Kinsfather; sister Elsie Kinsfather Windland (RHS-1948) & her husband J.W.; nephew Donnie Windland; grand-niece Kristi Windland; daughters Sharon Mayhall Sanders Watts and Elaine Sanders; and son-in-law Robert Sanders.