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Shirley Ann Jungmann Kelm, age 81, of Cameron, passed away peacefully in her sleep at a memory care facility in Temple on Friday, April 29, 2022, after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2002, at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Cameron, with burial to immediately follow at Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts.  Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2002, from 6-8 p.m., at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Shirley was born Aug. 13, 1940, at home near Rogers, in the Edgeworth community to Herbert Lorence and Annie Louise Lange Jungmann.  She was baptized on Sept. 29, 1940, and confirmed on Sept. 26, 1954, at Hope Lutheran Church in Buckholts.  

She grew up as a faithful church member - walking/riding a mule to church when it was too muddy on their road to drive the car.  In 1948, a piano salesman came to their door.  Her parents bought a piano, and she started lessons while in the 3rd grade.  She played the piano for Sunday School at Hope Lutheran for several years.  While in high school, she began taking organ lessons.  She was the organist for Hope Lutheran.  In 1968, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church was organized, and she was a charter member.  She accepted the calling as organist and did this for the next 46 years. She loved serving her Lord.

In 1947, her parents bought land near the Edgeworth store and gin.  They moved their house through the fields to Edgeworth, while Shirley and her mother rode in the house while it was being moved.

She graduated from Rogers High School, class of 1958, where she was in band, FHA, and sports.  She played the flute and was a twirler.  She played softball, volleyball, and basketball.  She was elected Outstanding Girl Athlete her senior year.  Her favorite subject was Typing … she won first place in District UIL typing.

After high school, she went to Durham’s Business College in Austin. She worked for the Texas Education Agency in Austin, across from the Capitol. A year later, her Daddy died from a heart attack, so she quit her job and moved back home with her Mama.  She went to work for the VA Hospital in Temple as a medical secretary.  She did this until she had children, and became a great stay-at-home Mama.  She worked part-time for Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home – answering the phone when needed and played the organ for more funerals than we can count.  She also served as the church secretary for Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.  In September 1981, she went to work for Cameron MHMR as a secretary.  She retired in 2004 after 22 ½ years.

She met her husband, Bill, on Jan. 27, 1962, at a dance at the Buckholts SPJST Hall.  The next night, they had their first date.  At the time, he was on Active Duty with the National Guard stationed at Fort Polk, La., so their relationship began long distance with letter writing.  They were engaged on September 8, 1962.  They were married on Feb. 2, 1963, at Hope Lutheran Church.  They were happily married for 59 years. They lived in Rogers, but soon made their home in Cameron in December 1964.  In 1968, they built their house and lived there for 28 years until September 1996, when they purchased a house with acreage in the country just north of Cameron.

She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew and loved her.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Annie Jungmann; and brothers, Jadean Edward Jungmann and Leland Herbert Jungmann.

Shirley is survived by her husband, William (“Bill”) Edward Kelm; daughter, Monica Kelm Blackmon and husband Robbie of Double Oak; son, Kelvin Lane Kelm and wife Lisa of Katy; grandchildren, Kayla Blackmon of Austin, Cameron Blackmon of Double Oak, Grace Kelm Turner of Austin, and Nathan Kelm of Katy.

Memorials may be made to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church (806 E 12th St., Cameron, Texas 76520) or Alzheimer’s Association, Capital of Texas Chapter (5508 Highway 290 West, Suite 206, Austin, Texas 78735) or a charity of your choosing.


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