Shirley Cook Lundgren

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Shirley Cook Lundgren


A memorial service for Shirley Cook Lundgren, 86, Elgin, was held Friday, June 16, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin. Mrs. Lundgren passed away June 9, 2017.

She was born in Van to William Horace and Twilla Eva Cook. She was the youngest of eight children.

She graduated from Van High School and attended Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas in Austin, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  While attending UT, a hometown friend introduced her to Edwin "Sammy" Lundgren. Three weeks later they eloped to Texarkana, Ark. Sammy was the love of her life for 66 years; they were one month away from celebrating their 67th anniversary.

The Lundgrens were blessed with five beautiful children. The hardest thing was losing three children, Greg, Nancy Hoyt, and Bradley.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Edlo, Currey, Lloyd, and Bayne Cook; three sisters, Nell Fife, Joyce Staton, and step-sister, Maribeth Underwood Darby.  

She is survived by her husband, Edwin "Sammy" Lundgren; her oldest son, Stan and his wife, Suzie Lundgren, and her youngest son, Mark and his wife, Darlene Lundgren; her sister, Euline Sherbert and sister-in-law, Christine Cook of Van; as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by some very special people in her life, The Hilltop Gang of neighbors, who have taken care of each other for years, her Monday bridge group, her friend and beautician Jodie Garcia for over fifty years, and her Methodist Church Family. 

She embodied grace, charm, determination, and devotion, quick to comfort and help those in need. She was quick to say "Well bless her heart" when provoked, as well.  She loved entertaining and traveling and the Lundgren home was a warm and welcoming place for friends and family.  An accomplished hostess, dancer, seamstress, community servant, homemaker, mother and wife.  Shirley was the bright star her family revolved around and will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to the First United Methodist Church of Elgin.