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Shirley Borden

Posted: Mon 11:18 AM, Nov 26, 2012
Funeral Home: Memorial Funeral Chapel
A memorial service celebrating the life of service of Shirley Frances Baker Borden, 91, of Bryan will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church of Bryan. Pastor Ted Foote and former Pastor Robert Leslie will officiate.




She died October 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Manor in Bryan and was buried October 24 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Arrangements were by Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.




Shirley was born September 16, 1921, in Ossining, N.Y., to George Raymond and Eleanor Sophia Baker. She was a graduate of North Tarrytown, N.Y., High School and the New York School of Applied Design for Women, now a part of Parsons The New School for Design.




She married Second Lieutenant Jack Borden on July 2, 1942, and they had three sons: Jack Borden Jr., Bruce Raymond Borden and Robert Christian Borden. The family arrived in Bryan on September 2, 1961, and she began a great love of the community and its residents. She volunteered with the Twin City Mission, American Red Cross, Officers Wives Club, Bryan schools, First Presbyterian Church and Church Women United.




Shirley had a great love for music and Broadway theater. Locally, she supported the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, MSC OPAS, Brazos Valley TROUPE, The Theatre Company and Navasota Theatre Alliance, and hoped others in the area would join her in contributing to those arts organizations.




At her memorial service, M.A. Sterling, managing/artistic director of Brazos Valley TROUPE, will sing her favorite hymn, Under His Wings, accompanied by Jane Van Valkenberg, who will provide other music.




She was preceded in death by her adored husband of more than 47 years, retired Lieutenant Colonel Jack Borden; her sons Jack Borden Jr. and Bruce Raymond Borden; her parents; her aunt Theresa Gerken; and brother-in-law Harold Wormuth and brother- and sister-in-law Arthur Watson and Evelyn Watson.




Survivors include her sister, Jean Marion Baker Wormuth of Cobleskill, N.Y.; her son, Robert Christian Borden of Bryan; her daughter-in-law, Sue Borden of Phoenix; and beloved friends Ingrid and Larry Lovelace of Spring and Kandy and Peter Rose of Bozeman, Montana.




Shirley suggested that memorials be directed to the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley TROUPE, The Theatre Company, First Presbyterian Church of Bryan or a charity of choice .

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