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Shirley Beth Satterfield – September 17, 2017

Shirley Beth Satterfield was born on November 1, 1935 to Alan Garrett Bridges and Charlotte Elizabeth Ragan Bridges in Beaver, Oklahoma.   Shirley moved to Plains, Kansas with her parents and younger brother, Alan Gerald Bridges where her father was the manager of Ideal Food Store for several years.  Shirley attended grade school and junior high in Plains from 1940 to 1950 when her father became manager for Furr’s Grocery Store in Dodge City, Kansas, briefly spent time in school there before moving to Pampa, Texas and spent 6 months there attending last year of junior high.  Her father then obtained employment with Mid-Central Fish Co. in Amarillo, Texas and spent her last year of high school as a senior at Amarillo High School (A.H.S.) graduating in 1953.  The fall of 1953, she entered nursing school at NWTH and Amarillo College graduating with an associate degree in Nursing and a three Year Diploma degree from NWTH.  During her career as a registered nurse, she worked in several other states including Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma and back to NWTH.  She worked as a staff nurse, head nurse, Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing, O.R. Scrub Nurse, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Pediatric Nurse, Quality Improvement Nurse and she spent 37 years at NWTH.  The last 8 years before retirement in 2001, as a Public Health Nurse in Amarillo, Texas.
In 1959, she met Ronald A. Satterfield, of the USAF, who was from Fairmont, West Virginia and they married in May 1961 in Clayton, New Mexico.  To this union was born Gary A. Satterfield, Brenda K. Abbott, and Glenda D. Nielsen.  They resided in Michigan and Amarillo, Texas.
Shirley passed from this life to be with her Lord on September 17, 2017.
She is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, James Alan Bridges and Maud Garrett Bridges of Oklahoma, maternal grandparents, James Severe Ragan and Olive Valle Hair Ragan of Oklahoma; parents, Alan Garrett Bridges and Charlotte Elizabeth Ragan Bridges, a brother, Alan Gerald Bridges, a granddaughter, Leslie Ann Abbott, a step-son, Bret L. Satterfield, and multiple other relatives.
Shirley is survived by her three children, Gary A. Satterfield and wife Jana of Amarillo; Brenda K. Abbott and husband James L. Abbott of Canyon, and Glenda D. Nielsen of Amarillo.  Her grandchildren, Jessica N. Satterfield of Katy, Texas, Jason C. Satterfield of Houston, Texas, Ashley E. Abbott of Texas, and Jamie M. Abbott of Canyon, Texas, Garrett Alan Satterfield and Janie Beth Satterfield, of Amarillo, Texas, and Olivia Katherine Hill of Amarillo, Texas; a great-grandchild, Gage of Katy, Texas; and multiple nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Shirley was active in the A.H.S. Above 40 Year Alumni Association and 1953 Graduate Class, American Texas Nursing Association, NWTH School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the Plains, Kansas School Alumni Association.  She spent numerous hours of continuing education meetings over the years to maintain her Texas Nursing Licensure.
Upon retirement, she thoroughly enjoyed her children and grandchildren with outings or day trips to Mt. Capulin, New Mexico, Palo Duro Canyon for horseback riding, and picnics in city parks, plus holiday and family gatherings.
Shirley always would try to have the family get-togethers for others for celebrations of birthdays, holidays, and Sunday dinners because she felt it was the best way to keep all the family together as a strong unit.  This was passed on to her by her parents and grandparents as a most important way to keep a family loving and helpful to one another.  May her children and grandchildren carry on this tradition.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. G. A. Roach officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, it is the family’s  wish to donate to a favorite charity.  Her favorite charities were Habitat, Red Cross, Faith City Mission, Salvation Army, Paralyzed Veterans Association, U.S.O. and Christmas Packages to all U.S. Armed Forces Overseas and support of military families at home, Adopt A Platoon.


  • larry smoot Posted September 20, 2017 8:55 am

    GOD’S speed Shirley Beth–We love and miss you. may you be in Heaven with God and Jesus and with your Family. May God bless and be Your Family. Once again I’m sorry for your Family’s loss God bless all.

  • Marshall Stanton Posted October 8, 2017 3:24 pm

    Although Shirley did not graduate from Plains High School, she maintained communications with some the members of her class. Shirley and I exchanged Christmas cards and she usually sent notes about her life when I called for information for class-mates
    –Marshall Stanton, President, Class of 1953, Plains High School

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