Shirley Gibson Caddell
Nov. 30, 1934 – Oct. 29, 2020
Embraced by her loving family, Shirley Gibson Caddell, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, age 85, of Henrico County, Virginia, went peacefully home to her Lord on Thursday, October 29, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise Gibson Gill and Thomas Franklin Gibson; the love of her life, Paul H. Caddell; and grandson Chad L’Esperance.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandy L’Esperance (Bubba), Carol Caddell, Karen Caddell-Lee and Rosalind Sarkees (Ameen); grandchildren Brandon Hanks (Ashlee Matthews), Ramsey Hanks Hanchette (Casey), Angela L Sullivan, Cory L’Esperance (Gabby), Elizabeth Lee (Jakob Mattice) and Eleanor Lee; four great grandchildren; and two great, great grandsons. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Lou Vermillion and Jeanie Lett; brother Earl “Peanut” Gibson; cousin Carolyn Walker; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Shirley was sweet, kind, caring, talented, funny and oh so loving. She loved Jesus, her family and friends with passion and treasured spending time with them. A good and faithful servant, she was a member of the former Stukeley Hall Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she actively served in numerous positions. Several years ago, she moved her membership to Monument Heights Baptist Church. Shirley loved to travel and has been all over the world and all 50 states. Inspired by Bob Ross and her passion for painting, she became a certified Bob Ross instructor and subsequently opened “I Can Do That Art Studio” where she taught for many years. Shirley had a zest for life and will be deeply missed.
Many, many thanks to Dr. Barnett Gibbs for his care and love for her and their Pop-Tarts. Many thanks also to her primary caregivers, daughter Carol and granddaughter Ramsey, and Hospice of Virginia for their special care.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 pm Wednesday, November 4 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy Richmond, VA 23294.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, November 5 at Monument Heights Baptist Church. Interment to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Monument Heights Baptist Church Elevator Fund; or the American Heart; or Cancer Society of your choice.
Deepest condolences to my classmates Karen and Carol in losing their mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.
I’m looking at a beautiful sunrise that Shirley painted hanging on my living room wall right now. So kind, talented, and strong, I’m sure there’s a celebration in heaven to welcome her home (complete with a Christmas, circle-meeting style gift exchange, like the ones Shirley faithfully held at her home year after year).