Shirley Faith (Horn) Touchstone of Van Buren and El Cajon, Calif., went to be with her Lord and Savior Aug. 26, 2018. Shirley was born in Cameron in 1934 but was raised in Fort Smith; she also lived in California for many years. Her first job, at age 8, was working in a secondhand store on Towson Avenue in Fort Smith, owned by her parents. Shirley had many jobs in her life, including switchboard operator, service station owner, office secretary, realtor, nursing home activities coordinator and medical office administrator.
Most people will remember Shirley for the Grief Share Program she started at Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren after her loving husband passed away in 2008 and for her lifelong love of playing the bass fiddle, which she named Larry after the friend who gave it to her. She played whenever and wherever she was asked to play. People were amazed at how tiny Shirley could dance around with that huge bass fiddle that was twice as big as she was.
Shirley loved the Lord and talked about His Love to all who would lend her their ear. She even co-wrote a book titled “Why Am I Still Here?” with her dear friend, Anita Dowty. She told about her experiences in surviving life after a tragedy or a loss. She asked many other people from different parts of the United States to write why they thought they were still here. Each story that was written is in that book. Those true stories have helped many people with their problems. Shirley led many people to the Lord and she will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Louie Edgar and Edna Grace (Harbison) Horn; husband, Barney Lang Touchstone; and son, David George Touchstone.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Marie Ehrle; her son-in-law, Randy Ehrle; her daughter, Theresa Lynn Touchstone; her daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Mackey Touchstone; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service was Sept. 6 at Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 Pointer Trail, Van Buren, with Pastor Wes Hilliard officiating. Interment will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, 522 S. Sixth St., Fort Smith. Time to be determined.
Shirley held Romans 8:28 in her heart as one of her favorite Bible verses: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”