Beloved daughter of Wanda and John D. Boydston, Shirley “Mo” was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on August 23, 1934. Shirley is survived by her husband John Herman Bell, daughters, Julie and Jennifer, her three much loved grandchildren, Alex, Hayley, and Jessica, brother Ben Boydston and wife Kay as well as many cherished nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
Shirley was raised in Muskogee, OK, with her three brothers, Max Boydston, John “Rocky” Boydston, and Ben Boydston.
After graduating high school from Central High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Shirley worked as a receptionist for Dowell Corporation before being accepted as a flight attendant for TWA. Shortly after she started her career with the airline she met the love of her life, John Herman Bell and after just three short months, Shirley and John were married.
John coached for Vinita High School in Vinita, Oklahoma, until he returned to the Canadian Football League, signing a contract with the Calgary Stampeders. After returning to the CFL for a short time, Shirley and John moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where their first daughter Julie was born. Their youngest daughter Jennifer was born in Oklahoma in 1970 shortly before they moved to Houston, Texas.
Shirley and her family lived in Southwest Houston before moving to The Woodlands, Texas in 1990. Shirley retired from a career in property management in 2000. After retiring, Shirley enjoyed taking care of her family and became an integral part of her close knit community.
After living a beautiful life, Mo passed suddenly at her home in The Woodlands, TX on September 21, 2008. Everyone who knew her loved her. Shirley touched and enriched many lives. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
Services will be held at Forest Park Funeral Home in The Woodlands, TX on Sunday Sept. 28, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made in her memory to the OU Foundation for the purpose of student scholarships. Checks should be made payable to the OU Foundation and mailed to OU Foundation 100 Timber Dell, Norman, OK 73019.