Shirley Anne Beissert Powers, 67, of Wharton, was born on July 9, 1953 in Houston to the late Arnold Theodore & Dorris LaVaughn (Gravos) Beissert. She passed away Dec 20, 2020.

Shirley proudly attended Cy-Fair High School until meeting her soulmate and later marrying Chester Lee Powers in 1971. Shirley worked hard most of her life in the food industry. She was well-known for her contagious smiles and laughter. She made friends with everyone she met. Shirley was kind and loving to all she met. She enjoyed family gatherings, visiting with friends, shopping to find the best deals, playing dominoes and spades, fishing and buying Christmas gifts all year long. No matter how much money she had, she was sure to find the most unique gifts to give. Shirley also enjoyed watching late night movies, while scrolling on Facebook. She was everyone’s biggest fan!

Shirley will be greatly missed; especially by those she loved dearly to mourn her loss: daughter Tammy and her husband Michael Herrera of Wharton; son Brian and his wife Phyllis Powers of East Bernard; daughter Kimberly Powers of Wharton; and daughter Christy and her husband Keith Gonzales of Wallis; brother David, Sr. and his wife, Dee Beissert of Wharton; grandchildren: Amanda Jurek, Ashley Gonzalez, Aly Herrera, Allie Gonzales, Anthony Gonzales, and Addie Lee Herrera; great-grandchildren: Jayden Maldonado, Avery Gonzalez, Trevor Gonzalez, Jase Maldonado, Jaxon Maldonado and Aubrey Gonzalez; and numerous nephews, nieces and family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Chester; sister Sharon Beissert; brother Richard Beissert; and first great-grandchild Alyssa Gonzalez.

Serving as pallbearers: Allen Gilliam, Josh Gilliam, Ron Gilliam, Trystan Gonzalez, Paul Maldonado, Donnie Powers.

A visitation with the family will be held Monday, Dec. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Knesek & Sons Funeral Home in Wallis. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. followed by a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. at Czech National Cemetery in East Bernard. 

Funeral arrangements under the direction of: Knesek & Sons Funeral Home, 122 First St., Wallis, Texas 77485. 979-478-6311 www.knesekfuneralhome.com

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