Today's Paper Arkansas News LEARNS Guide Legislature Sports Core Values Puzzles Newsletters Public Notices Archive Obits Opinion Story Ideas

Margaret Shirley Cassady

Murfressboro, AR, 1936 - 2019

Margaret Shirley Terrell Cassady went to be with her Lord on Monday, October 28 at Hospice of Texarkana, Texas after a decade long battle with Alzheimer's. Her family praises God that she is pain free and united with her beloved husband of 61 years, Calvin Richard Cassady, and her son, Michael Richard Cassady, as well as her mother and father. "Shirley" was born to Marguerite and James Henry Terrell on June 14, 1936. She was raised in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. She loved school, was an excellent student, played in the band, and was on the girls' basketball team. She met the love of her life in the 3rd grade, Calvin Cassady. They were childhood sweethearts and were inseparable. Both graduated high school in 1954. Shirley went on to attend Henderson State Teacher's College in Arkadelphia, Ark and majored in home economics. They married in 1956. Shirley was a career homemaker and Calvin went on to become a Doctor of Radiology. They eventually settled in Northwest Arkansas and lived in Fort Smith and Van Buren for over 40 years. She was a doting wife, mother, and grandmother and a one-of-a-kind cook, entertainer, seamstress. She was also a dedicated volunteer for her community, spending many hours volunteering with the local PTA, Boy Scouts, art center, symphony, and a devoted Sparks Guild member.
Shirley is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Cassady Robbins and Joseph Richard Robbins, of Texarkana, Texas. Also, she is survived by her two grandchildren and their spouses: granddaughter, Nicole Robbins Elder and her husband Christopher Elder of Texarkana, Texas; and grandson Stephen Robbins and his wife Madeline Campbell Robbins of Ruston, La. She was blessed with four great-grandchildren: Liam, Lana, Lily, and Luke Elder of Texarkana, Texas. Also surviving her are sister Glenda Terrell Ashley of Sherwood, Ark.; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann Terrell Easley and Melvin Easley of Columbus, Miss.; a favorite aunt, Dorothy Dillard of Wake Village, Texas and a number of cousins.
Shirley was a member of the First Christian Church of Murfreesboro, Ark. The funeral will be held Tuesday November 5th at 2 p.m. with a family burial service to follow at County Line Cemetery in Nashville, Ark. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the First Christian Church, Hospice of Texarkana, or the Alzheimer's Association.

Published October 30, 2019

Latimer Funeral Home
115 East Hempstead Street, P.O. Box 298, Nashville, AR
Phone: 870-845-2233