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Shirley Jean (Walston) Chism, 78, of Irving, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 5:42 p.m. at her residence. Cremation rites were accorded. No services are planned at this time.
Mrs. Chism was born on July 18, 1939 in Daisy, AR to the late Homer and Helen (Funatter) Walston. She was a 1955 graduate of Nashville High School, Nashville, AR and was the owner/operator of Chism Pit BBQ and was a cook at Howard County Hospital with Ann Jackson in Nashville, AR. She married Hank Allen on October 28, 1959 in Louisiana and they later divorced. She married Willie E. Chism on June 22, 1982 in Arkansas and they later divorced. Mrs. Chism was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Nashville, AR.
Mrs. Chism is survived by two daughters, Angie (spouse Curley) Allen Petra of Irving, IL and Debbie Allen Gilbert (Paul Osborn) of Terre Haute, IN; seven grandchildren, Brandon (Mandy) Petra of Irving, IL, Kassie (Jon) Petra Layton of Irving, IL, Sherri Gilbert (Jason King) of Irving, IL, Hank (Jade) Sanders of Florida, Richard (Crystal) Petra of Peoria, IL, Mary (Heather) Gilbert Butler of Witt, IL, and Oscar (Amanda) Petra of Manteca, CA; fourteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister Bobbie Featheree of Nashville, AR; and a brother, Randy Walston of Nashville, AR.
Mrs. Chism was also preceded in death by a grandson, Walter Petra, Jr. and two brothers, Pete Walston and Billy Walston.