Shine went to celebrate Easter with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 after 86 years of a long and blessed life.
Shine was born on August 18, 1922 in Schleicher County Eldorado, Texas. Her parents were Eugene Newt and Idella Neal Edmiston.
Shine is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Billy Gene and W.F. Edmiston, and her loving husband of 63 years, Rudolph Dominic Spigarelli.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses; Pamela Sue Spigarelli and Brian Laux of Christoval, Paula Ann and Tim Petty of Boerne, and Richard Wayne and Susan Spigarelli of Manor; seven grandchildren; Toya and Dion Henry, Tasha and Tommy Sangalli, Ryan Laux, Katy and Ryan Luebke, Robin and Angela Petty and Rudie Nicol and Geena Laine Spigarelli; six great-grandchildren; Brandon Segovia, Kyle Henry, Haley & Gracie Sangalli; Morgan Shine & Landon Lee Luebke.
Shine is also survived by a brother, Orval N. Edmiston, a sister & brother-in-law Mary Dell & Loyd Baskin, two sister-in-laws & 1 brother-in-law: Rose Marie & Ed Kidwell and Frances Edmiston.
Shine was raised in Eldorado, attending Bailey Ranch School and graduated from Eldorado High School. She studied home economics at Sul Ross University before entering the work force as a key punch operator for Lackland Aircraft Company during WWII. She moved from San Antonio to California to Michigan. She met and married Rudy in Ft. Worth, Texas where he was stationed. On July 5, 1945 they were married in San Angelo. They lived for two years in Dearborn, Michigan, and then moved to Pittsburg, Kansas where she raised her three children.
She became actively involved in church, school as a PTA member and officer, scout leader, civic and social clubs for 14 years. Her husband’s promotion moved them to Shreveport, Louisiana, where she again made her mark on the community. She was a valued member of the King’s Highway Christian Church, Garden Club, Bridge Club, and supported her children in school functions.
After 20 years Shine and Rudy retired, they returned to her hometown and moved into her grandparents’ house on Highland Street where they lived for 25 years. They joined the First United Methodist Church and served in many leadership roles. She served in the Women’s Club, Martha’s Angels, Hospital Auxiliary, Schleicher County Historical Society, Cemetery Survey Committee, Wednesday and Tuesday Bridge Clubs as well as Mias Amiga’s.
Her final days were spent at Runnel’s County Rehab and Nursing Center in the Memory Lane unit where, in February, she was elected by the staff as Queen of Valentine’s Day. We thank them for their loving care this past 5 months.
Shine was all about her family and friends, her church, and her legacy. With her high spirits and passions, she lived up to her nickname .. “Shine”. She loved with a Texas-sized heart and was greatly loved by her husband, children, extended family and a legacy of lifelong friends.
Services were held on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church with graveside services in the Eldorado Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brian, Phil, Joe Max, Jim Bob, Dr. William F. and Gene Edmiston; all nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, The American Cancer Society or the Charity of your choice.