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Shirley J. Childs Hackett, 92, Bolivar


Shirley J. (Childs) Hackett:  Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother

Shirley J. (Childs) Hackett, 92, from Bolivar, NY passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at home surrounded by family.   Shirley was born on July 30, 1931, and was the oldest daughter of Rudolph and Leora “Odie” Jordan Childs.  On May 10, 1952 in Richburg, NY, she married Clayton W. Hackett.

She enjoyed life to the fullest and brought many laughs, as all her family and friends can attest to. 

She was a stay-at home mom; busy with the farm, gardening, keeping books and driving for her husband’s sanitation business.   After selling the business and moving off the farm, they purchased a motor home and traveled south mostly to visit their sons and their families.  After her husband’s passing, she continued to travel for a couple years with her father, who was mostly blind, as her co-pilot.    She also kept busy by joining the Kenyon Andrus Post 772 American Legion Auxiliary (where she had her own stool on Wednesday night), and the Bolivar Fireman’s Auxiliary, serving as secretary for a few years. She was always available to take anyone needing a ride. Even when her health started to decline, she was on the go and hated to stay home. On Tuesday mornings she was a regular at Sloppy Joe’s restaurant in West Clarksville where she would enjoy listening to country music. When that ended, she would go to the “coffee shop” in Bolivar for gossip hour and bible study.

Shirley is survived by three children: 

Jeannie (Jeffrey) Black – Wellsville

Clayton “Stub” (Shelia) Hackett – Mississippi 

Rodney (Kelly) Hackett – Kentucky 

Her Grandchildren – Cheryl Dodge, Heidi McMillen, Jade Black, Clay Hackett, Claire (Hackett) Ellis, Cole (Abby) Hackett, Madison (Caleb) Guilliams, Ogden (Natalie) Hackett and Avery Hackett. 

Her Great Grandchildren  – Kamron Dodge, Carson and Kaiden Black, Grant and Charlotte Hackett, Hattie Guilliams; 

A Sister – Patricia Learn, Bolivar. 

And was also Loved by her many cousins, nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2002; a son, William (Billy) C. Hackett in 1976; great grandchildren, Kymberly Dodge-Grayson in 2000 and Ayden Ellis in 2014.  Sisters Phyllis Neu, Carolyn Hackett, Beverly Brown, and Constance Best.

Friends will be received at the Faith Bible Church, 8137 State Route 417, Little Genesee, New York 14754, on Friday, November 24, 2023 from 6-8 P.M. and again on Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 11-1:00 P.M. at which time a Funeral Service will be held.  The Rev. David Herne will officiate.

Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bolivar, New York

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (envelopes will be available at funeral) or on-line donations to (this is the organization doing research for MTM which is what Ayden passed from).

Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Bolivar.

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