Shirley's Story

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Shirley Felice Brown (Braun) Leathers, 99, passed away at Claridge Court, Prairie Village, KS, on June 27, 2017. She was born May 1, 1918, in Dallas, TX, to John Franklyn Brown and Thelma Pratt Brown. Shirley attended the University of Texas where she was a member of Chi Omega. Many years later, she received her B.A. from the University of Tulsa. Shirley married Hollis Kirkpatrick Leathers, Jr., in 1938 in Dallas where she later gave birth to her son, Hollis (Pat) Kirkpatrick Leathers, III. They moved to Muskogee where Hollis set up his optometry and later his law practices. The two of them designed and built their dream house on the land they developed and named Leathers Lane in Muskogee; Shirley loved living there for many decades until moving to Kansas City in 2009 to be with her family.
Shirley was truly a Renaissance woman: a talented gardener and ham radio operator (K5LHQ) as well as an avid bridge player with numerous tournament wins and Masters' points. As she traveled the world, she was particularly fascinated by ancient civilizations and spent a great deal of time in Italy, Greece, and Egypt. In the States, Shirley and Hollis wandered the country gathering genealogical information on their families. She returned to her childhood love of dancing in her 80s and became one of the "Broadway Babes," performing wherever they were invited from TV ads to nursing homes. Her other late in life passion was golf; she loved both the challenge and the social aspects of the game. Shirley adored her grandchildren and lived for their visits. She took them each on trips and devoted all of her waking hours to them, cancelling all other social events when one of them was in town.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband, son, and a brother, Darnall Brown. Shirley is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patti Leathers (John Brunk); a brother, John Frank Brown, Jr.; grandchildren Kristin Leathers (Maneesh Jhunjhunwala), Scott Leathers (Rebekah Nummer), and David Leathers as well as great-grandchildren Holden Leathers and Tierney Leathers. The family plans a private graveside service for her at Memorial Park Cemetery. If anyone wishes to make a memorial contribution, please do so to your favorite charity.
Shirley was a loving, caring, fun one-of-a-kind woman who always said exactly what she thoughtsometimes to our horror. She cooked wonderful food for us (especially chocolate pudding), she made us laugh, and she made us thinkabout life and about those less fortunate than ourselves. We are all left with a huge void in our lives.
Services are under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee, OK.
Published on July 6, 2017
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