Starla Gray McWilliams, 42, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 in Abilene. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 23rd at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Friday, August 22, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South.
Starla was born February 17, 1966 in Kermit, TX. She was a 1985 graduate of Fort Stockton High School. She moved to Abilene twenty years ago and married her husband Steve on May 31, 2003. Starla was an avid collector of bells, enjoyed spending her free time bowling and was a dedicated participant in WHIMS. Starla was a dedicated wife, meme, daughter, sister, aunt and most of all friend.
Survivors include, her husband Steve of Abilene; step-son, Steven McWilliams and wife Kailin of Allen, TX; one grandchild, Jordan McWilliams; parents, Sherry Dee and Harvey Gray of Fort Stockton, TX, and Mo Jr. and Sharon Sims of Porter, TX; Grandmother, Dorothy Workman of Kermit, TX; Grandfather Mo Sims Sr. of The Woodlands, TX; one sister, Soni and husband Todd Graves of The Woodlands, TX; one brother, Scott and wife Erica Gray of Abilene; one half-brother, Brian Sims of Porter, TX; two step-sisters, Sherry Taber of Lynnville, IN and Kari Zella of Huntsville, TX; Two step-brothers Mark Erwin of Mount Vernon, IN and Michael Erwin of Atascocita, TX.
I was saddened to hear of Starlas passing away. She was one of my best friends in elementary school in Pecos. Me my brother Ray have fond memories of the times spent with Starla Scott. I often wondered what had become of Starla and its wonderful to know that she had a life full of love beautiful people to share it with. Your family is in my prayers.
Sylvia RedeOdessa, TX
I am so sorry to hear about Starla and for procrastinating in writing this condolence. It has been extremely hard for me to put into words what Starla meant to me. I do want you to know that Starla was a good and dear friend who will be greatly missed. She always managed to pop in from time to time when she was here in Ft. Stockton. In addition, these visits often centered around special events occurring within my life. The last visit came after Kyle and I had married. We had a wonderful time sharing stories and what not. This year and shortly after the birth of our daughter on Aug. 21, I often thought of Starla dropping in and I imagined what a surprise it would be for Starla when she came by and saw we had a babylittle did I know what had happened. Reflecting back on my thoughts, I like to think Starla was dropping in to say hi. To, Starla, I want to say thanks for being a good friend. Although our visits were few and somewhat far between, you never failed to be far away from my heart. May God bless you and your family.
To Starlas family, I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May Gods loving kindness be upon you and be with you during this difficult time.
Dr. Zana MatthiesHansonFort Stockton, TX
God Bless You All.
Joni McGeeFort Stockton, TX
Starla will be missed immeasurably by our family. No matter how hard it was for her this last year, she always had a smile I am so glad that she was able to share the love of a lifetime with Steve and now with her Lord
Hey girl We will see you there.
Suzanne ShahanAbilene, TX
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.
Linda PowellMike GrubbsAbilene, TX
Starla was a great friend of mine throughout high school. We shared many laughs and some crazy times as well. Most every lunch hour was spent at Taco Villa just being silly girls The thought still makes me smile. I think she lived on bean burritos and a small coke. Youd never see her in ANYTHING but her Kenny Rogers jeans and ropers.... Unfortunately, as the years passed our contact was less frequent. Even though our lives created a distance, the friendship is one of great memories that keep our smiles close to heart. Its so hard to say all that I wish to say....she will definitely be greatly missed, but know that she is with the greatest of love. See ya one day, again friend. I love you and will miss you
My sincerest regards to the entire family. I really cant find the words to express the sorrow in my heart. May the Lord carry you all through this time. Gods blessings to you all
I MET STARLA OUR JUNIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND WEVE BEEN FRIENDS EVERY SINCE. THE WORLD WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT HER. TO HER FAMILY AND HUSBAND IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS STARLA WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE BEAUTIFUL LADY. YOUR IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS. BILL AND LINDA
LINDA JONESVALLEY VIEW TX 76272, TX
Shane and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Kelly and Shane SharpLubbock, TX
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Billy Wanda McGovernFort Stockton, TX
I was very saddened when Steve called. So sorry for your loss. Starla was a great lady. She was always so happy to be around her friends and family. She will be greatly missed. God Bless You Starla
Trevor Hadley, TX
Just thinking of Starla makes me smile. What a positive person she was. She will be missed.
Im so glad I had the opportunity to meet Starla at Lueders. Am sorry Ive not spent more time getting to know members of my Mothers Odessa Vaughn Johnson family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this time.
Terry Johnson BlackburnBrownwood, TX
Starla will be missed very much. She and I had been friends for a long time. We shared good times and bad. Im sorry that I wasnt able to be with her during her illness, but I know her family was. I will cherish all the memories I hold of her. Starla, I love you, and will see you in heaven
Lara Baldridge WilsonFort Worth, TX