Shirley Ruth Garver Rakes, 80, of Rockwell, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Genesis HealthCare in Salisbury. She was the loving wife of the late Donald Rakes who passed away in 2009, to whom she was married 61 years.
Shirley was born on September 15, 1936 in Cabarrus County to the late Kenneth W. Garver and Lydia Virginia Coleman Garver. She graduated from Winecoff High School in Concord. Shirley was owner and operator of Puritan Laundry & Dry Cleaners in Kannapolis.
She was a member of Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church in Rockwell where she served as Sunday School teacher for many years and was a member of the Women's Circle. She was also very active in the church bazaar.
Shirley enjoyed writing poetry and working crossword puzzles. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by two sons, Rocky Lee Rakes and Ricky Shane Rakes.
She is survived by three daughters, Donna Rakes Hampton and husband Mike of Faith, Tanya Rakes Yates and husband Dean of Faith, and Meché Rakes Foster and husband Lee of Rockwell; one sister, Ann Cook of Concord ; three brothers, Tom Garver and wife Carolyn of Landis, John Garver and wife Sandy of China Grove and Michael Garver and wife Faye of Landis; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a special aunt, Martha Earnhardt of Kannapolis.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Becky and Ken Graham and the staff of Genesis Elder Care for the love and compassion they gave to Shirley during her illness.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 2-3 pm at Grace Lower Stone Church in Rockwell. A memorial service will follow at 3 pm in the church with Rev. Steven DeGangi and Rev. Spencer Swain officiating. Burial will be private at a later date at the request of the family.
The family will be at the Rakes family home in Rockwell for friends and family to visit with them on Friday, February 17th.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lower Stone Church: 2405 Lower Stone Church Rd, Rockwell, NC 28138.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Rakes family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.