Shirley Callahan, 87, was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Jobe, Miss., the daughter of the late John Lewis O'Neal and Sarah Ada Wheeler O'Neal. She died July 9, 2008, in Thayer, Mo.
She was united in marriage Jan. 27, 1939, in Alton, Mo., to Carl Callahan, who preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1988.
She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a long-tme member of the First Baptist Church in Thayer.
She is survived by: one son, Larry Callahan of San Rafael, Calif.; two brothers, Raleigh O'Neal of St. Louis, Mo., and Mack O'Neal of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Jo O'Neal of St. Louis, Mo.; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Callahan; her parents, John and Sarah O'Neal; one son, Richard Callahan; two brothers, J.L. O'Neal and Venton O'Neal; and two sisters, Thalia Martin and Thelma Lane.
Funeral services were held July 11 in Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Bro. Bill Bales officiating. Burial followed in the Cotton Creek Cemetery near Couch with arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.