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Shirley Lybarger


Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 10:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:11 a.m. CDT

Shirley Lybarger, 79, of Creston died May 30, 2014, at Greater Regional Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Rev. Ken Halbur and the Rev. Leonard Kenkel will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Rosary will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral mass. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given in her name. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Shirley Louise Lybarger, daughter of Genevieve Elizabeth (Markowitz) and Harold Thomas, was born May 2, 1935, in Chicago, Ill.

Shirley was educated in Los Angeles, Calif., schools.

In 1953, Shirley married Anthony Perea in California. They lived and worked in Los Angeles. Anthony later died.

In 1956, Shirley married Willis Weldon Wyant in Las Vegas, Nev.

In the late 1950s, they moved to the Eagleville, Mo., area.

In addition to being a homemaker, Shirley was a waitress for many years. She first worked at the Dinner Bell in the ‘70s until the late 1980s. In the 1990s, she worked at the Toot Toot Restaurant in Bethany, Mo., until 1995. Her husband Willis died in 2002.

Shirley moved to Creston in 2003.

On May 28, 2011, Shirley married Gary Dwight Lybarger at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston.

Shirley and Gary made their home in Creston.

Shirley was a member at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Shirley is survived by her husband Gary Lybarger of Creston; daughter Terri (husband Dave) Koets of Creston; son Jerry Wyant of Creston; mother-in-law Elda Lybarger of Tabor; sister Betty Lovin of Corona, Calif.; step-brothers, Harold and David Thomas; grandchildren, Tory (wife Michelle) Bartlett and Tim (wife Andrea) Bartlett, Carrie and Chris (Emily) Crenshaw and Lillie Wyant; nine great-grandchildren and her dog Buffy.

In addition to her first two husbands, Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; son Timothy Wyant in 1959; great-granddaughter Taylor Thomas Bartlett in 2003; and brother-in-law Bob Lovin.

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