Shirley L. Perry Donaho was born June 30,1927 to Robert F. and Ora L. (Wright) Perry in Dallas. When she was one year old she and her family moved to Slocum in deep East Texas to take care of aging family members. Shirley’s grandpa was a circuit Baptist preacher. Her roots run deep in the Baptist faith and Southern gospel music. Many family members sang and played instruments. Much of Shirley’s youth and teenage years were spent in Houston.
During World War II she was a friend and pen pal to a young soldier who died in an airplane crash. She learned of his death through a letter she received from her friend’s Army buddy. This kind action by this young soldier touched her heart and began a new writing relationship. After several months of letters her soldier decided to meet her in Houston on his next leave. That soldier was John V. (Dogie) Donaho, it was love at first sight for both. They married on Aug. 6, 1944 in Houston. Once out of the Army, Shirley and Dogie moved to his hometown of Floresville. For a few years they lived on a small farm west of town. Shirley recalls during the drought of the 1950s, with no air conditioning, she would put wet towels on the floor to keep the kids cool. After moving to town, Shirley became the ultimate homemaker taking care of the household, raising her children and building a loving relationship with Dogie. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School, sing in the choir, at weddings and at funerals.
She was a member of the Musical Club, PTA and served in several leadership roles. She loved to cook and sew and loved to entertain family and friends in her home. Shirley loved to fish and deer hunt. When fishing she always found the best spot, caught the biggest and loved to tell her kids how big he was. She and Dogie moved to Pleasanton in 1964 and built a new home. She moved her membership to First Baptist Pleasanton and continued her service to the Lord there.
Shirley was a loving and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Shirley joined her sweetheart, Dogie our precious Daddy and our much loved and missed little brother John in Heaven on Nov. 15, 2017. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband John V. (Dogie) Donaho, her son John Thomas Donaho, two brothers and sisters-in-law Arthur F. (Louise) Perry, Forrest F. (Mary) Perry, sister Gloria Jean Wisdom. She is survived by her children Lynn (Pam Donaho of San Angelo, Pam (Stanford) Talley, Cindy (Mark) Miller of Austin, daughter-in-law Cindy Donaho of San Antonio, grandchildren Edward (Tara) Donaho of New Braunfels, Jason (Michelle) Talley of Floresville, Morgan (Pam) Talley of San Antonio, Clark (Charlie) Miller of Fort Worth, Austin Miller of Arlington, Leah Donaho of San Antonio, Denise Moseley of Lewisville and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Floresville, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Viewing at 1 p.m. and service at 2:00 p.m. Burial at Floresville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials or love offerings can be made to First Baptist Church of Floresville in memory of the Holcombe family.