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    Shirley A Blackwelder

    November 13, 1935 – October 11, 2019

    Visitation for Shirley will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:30- 10:30am with a Celebration of Life following at 10:30am at Bartow First Assembly of God at 915 S Broadway Ave, Bartow, FL 33830. She will be laid to rest with her husband with a Graveside Service at Lakeland Memorial Gardens at 2:00pm later that day.

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    Shirley Ann (Benson) Blackwelder, 83, of Winter Haven, Florida, went home to be with her Lord and Savior and best friend, Jesus, on Friday, October 11, 2019.  Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who loved her dearly. She was met at the gates of Heaven by her loving husband, Bobby, her parents, Grace and Dick Benson, her brother, Gene Benson as well as many other family members and friends who went on before her.  What a joyous reunion they had!

    Shirley graduated from Winter Haven High School and continued her education at Florida State University.   She was a bookkeeper for Lakeland Christian School from 1971-1976.  She worked for her husband’s business, Blackwelder Harvesting, until 1993.  At the age of 58, she passed her life insurance exam. Because of her passion to help people secure their family’s future, she was a top seller for many years at Liberty National.  After 17 years of excellent service, she retired at the age of 76.

    Shirley spent many summers camping with her husband, her parents, and four children.  She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and was greatly involved in church activities.  She served as a board member and taught Sunday School at several churches during her life.  She was an avid reader and studied the Word of God daily.  She was a shining example of a loving Christian woman and shared the love of God with everyone she met.

    She is survived by her four children:  Donna Driggers of Lakeland, Kim Duncan of Lake Wales, Robert Blackwelder of Fort Myers and Beverly Hartley of Bartow.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren:  Brandi Moore, Ken Howard, Sarah Driggers, Derek Howard, John Seymour, Robert Howard, Lindsay Blackwelder, Trever Hartley, Regina Hull, Jenna Blackwelder, Anna Driggers, Cassie Blackwelder as well as 20 great grandchildren.

    She was deeply and dearly loved by everyone that met her and will be greatly missed.

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