Shirley Anne Morton Fearis of Waxahachie died on Jan. 7, 2020, at 84 years of age.

Shirley was born on June 28, 1935, in Waxahachie to James Thomas Morton and Kathleen Eddlemon Morton.

She graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1953 and attended Texas Tech University.

Shirley was a very talented poet and artist and was awarded many accolades for her artwork.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bobby Morton; and her son, James Rushing.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dr. David P. Fearis III; her children, Carl Rushing and his wife Janet, Tracey Rushing and his wife Marianne, and Michelle Harper; her sister-in-law, Jane Morton; several grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Shirley loved the ocean and her life will be remembered privately by her loved ones at a beach memorial service in Port Aransas.