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Shirley Sue Dunagan

May 11, 1932 — November 23, 2020

CARBONDALE - Shirley Sue Dunagan, 88, of Carbondale, passed away on Monday November 23rd at her daughters home surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born May 11th, 1932 to James Elmer Rudd and Zella Irene (Bohanan) Rudd in Chicago IL. She married Tommy Dunagan on August 12, 1956 in Maryville TN. He preceded her in death on December 7th, 2019. She is survived by two sisters, Nancy Farmer of Fresno, CA, Janice Farris of Maryville, TN; daughter, Aurelia Dunagan, and son, Ross Dunagan and wife Laurie all of Weldon Spring MO; and three grandchildren, Brian, Erika, and Katelin Dunagan.

Shirley graduated Valedictorian of her high school in Maryville TN. Shirley then attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she graduated with masters in Home Economics in 1954 where she was also a UT Torchbearer. Shirley taught Home Economics at the University of Texas Austin in 1955-56 before moving to Fairbanks Alaska for Tommy’s Air Force assignment.

Shirley was the Director and teacher of SIU’s Child Study Cooperative Nursery for 28 years before her retirement in 1996.

Shirley was an active member at University Baptist Church in Carbondale for 58 years.

Visitation will be at University Baptist Church in Carbondale on Saturday, Nov 28th, Noon-2pm with private funeral services following the visitation with Rev. John Annable officiating. Due to COVID-19 face masks and social distancing are required.

Burial will be held on Saturday December 5th at the IOOF Cemetery in Hamilton, TX.

Memorials may be made to University Baptist Church of Carbondale.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements. To share a memory or story of Shirley visit

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

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