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Gene McKinney Shuttlesworth

Gene-Shuttlesworth-1Gene McKinney Shuttlesworth, age 84, of Mena, died Thursday, August 11, 2016 at her home.  She was born on Friday, March 11, 1932 to Michael and Helen Perry McKinney in Edinburg, Texas.

Gene excelled in everything she accomplished; she was a high school English teacher, a caseworker for the retired senior volunteer program, an accomplished musician, decorator/designer, genealogist and pencil artist.  She was a Mensa and did not suffer fools lightly.  Gene held high standards for her behavior and proud of it.  She visited Ireland on several occasions and was well educated in Irish history.  Gene also traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe.  Her home was decorated with antiques, which she loved.  Gene was of the Methodist Faith and those fortunate enough to know her will remember her well.  Although she was a private person, her influences were an inspiration to all who knew her.  Gene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her son, Mike Stanberry.

Gene is survived by her husband, Dr. Guy E. (Doc) Shuttlesworth of Mena; two daughters, Jenna Shaunessy of Lakewood, California and Melissa McKinney of New Hampshire; three stepchildren, J.R. Shuttlesworth and wife, Glenda, Jean Klein and husband Larry of New Braunfels, Texas and Dr. Bill Shuttlesworth and wife of Victoria, Texas; her granddaughter, Meghan Leithead of Norfolk Virginia; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gene will be sent for cremation by Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas and at Gene’s request no services will be held.

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