Shirley Lynn Buck
February 11, 1937  -  August 12, 2017

Shirley Lynn Buck

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Memorial Service
First Baptist Church
322 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, August 18, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Memorial services will be held at,10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18 at First Baptist Church for Shirley Lynn Doss Buck. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Shirley was born February 11, 1937, to Leatrice and Mancel Doss in Pampa, Texas. She joined her Lord in heaven on August 12, 2017 surrounded by her loving family as she told them each goodbye.

Shirley married Freddie Starkey in 1954 and they had two children together. She later married Clarence Sperling in 1969. He preceded her in death on May 16, 2007. On February 14, 2009 she married Charles Buck. Shirley loved helping others. She worked at the Artesia General Hospital as a medical technician for many years. She later earned a license as a LPN and worked at the Pecos Valley Lodge in Roswell. After hard work and dedication to the nursing profession, she became the Director of Nurses at the Good Samaritan Home in Artesia. Shirley had a great love for antiques, traveling, dancing and animals.

Shirley is survived by her husband Charles Buck; beloved daughter and son-in-law Shawn and Randy Kinnibrugh; and precious son Todd Starkey; and seven step-children Lisa Keavenly, Kyle Sperling, Mark Sperling, Joel Buck, Kathy Lynn Harper and Jolynn Green. She was "Mimaw" to her grandchildren Chris Pearson, Amber Glass, Cole Kinnibrugh, Colton Starkey and Trevor Starkey; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Sherry. Shirley will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and determination to succeed at anything she put her mind to.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paws and Claws or St. Jude's Hospital.


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  1. Viola Muñoz
    Artesia, NM

    To the family of Shirley , I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. I remember the day she hired me at Artesia Good Samaritan . Shirley was a beautiful person , always smiling and had a sense of humor. She was one of the greatest nurses and human being I have ever worked under. I pray for peace & comfort . The best part are all the memories shared. Once again I'm deeply sorry for you alls loss. May you RIP sweet sweet lady Shirley.

  2. Kathy Taylor
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I remember when the Starkeys lived behind the alley from us on Centre Ave. I played with Shawn sometimes if Mark Briscoe couldn't play. I know she is in a better place now, free of pain. Your family will be in my prayers. Love you.

  3. Louie and Carmen Reyes
    Artesia, NM

    Mimaw, you touched our hearts from the moment you became family. Thank you for sharing your love, wit, and joy with our daughter and grandchildren. Shawn, Randy and the family, our prayers are with you for peace and comfort. We love you all dearly!

  4. June Brewer Callan
    Lompoc, CA

    I am saddened to hear of Shirley's passing. We were very good childhood friends and I have many memories of wonderful times with Shirley and her parents. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  6. Lisa Keaveney
    Carmichael, CA

    The world is so much emptier without you in it. I was so blessed to have had another mother and then doubly blessed that my other mother was as amazing as you. I'm going to miss you, miss knowing you were there loving me from afar. Fly with the angels Mimaw. XXOO 💟 💖 💟

  7. April Frazier
    Norman, OK

    Words cannot describe how sad our family will be without your sass and humor. Rest in paradise sweet Big Shirl.

  8. Kay and Herschel Scott
    Puyallup, WA

    We loved Shirley and are saddened by the loss! Our prayers are with the family!

  9. Laura Hensley
    Ocean Springs, MS

    Much love from Aunt Hazel's Kids. We have shared many happy memories.
    Lolly in Mississippi

  10. Terri Hamilton
    Artesia, NM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mom. You & your family are in my prayers. Sending love & comfort to you!

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