The Fresno Bee Republican

November 7, 1960



Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2:30 PM in the Boice Chapel for Mrs. Shirley M. Pendergrass, 65, Clovis’ mother of the year choice in 1953 and a retired school teaching veteran. She died Saturday night in her home at 1172 Third Street.

The Rev. Merle Clark and the Rev. Edgar Bradley will conduct the funeral. Burial will be in the Clovis Cemetery.

Mrs. Pendergrass was the widow of Travis Pendergrass, a former mayor and the owner of a local drug store and died in 1951 at the age of 59.


A native of Le Grand, Merced County, she taught school for 40 years, including 35 years in the Clovis Elementary School District, prior to her retirement four years ago.

A letter from the Clovis Concordia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, led to her selection as the community’s honored mother in 1953. It told how she and her husband provided a home for many orphaned and homeless children and helped with their schooling. They also shared their home with Hammer Field servicemen and their families in World War II.


Mrs. Pendergrass was a member of the Clovis Methodist Church, a past matron of the Clovis OES Chapter. She was local chairman of the March of Dimes, a Red Cross worker, member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Neighbors of Woodcraft, Clovis Womans Club, Clover Leaf Garden Club, and Retired Fresno County Teachers Association.

She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Zola Ray Sturgill of Clovis; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Hubbard of Orosi, Tulare County, and Mrs. Naomi Erling of Kingsburg; and four grandchildren

contributed by Carol Lackey