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Shirley Anne (Dowdy) Hastings

April 2, 1931 ~ March 11, 2020 (age 88)


Shirley Anne Dowdy Hastings, 88 of Gainesville passed away Wednesday March 11, 2020.

Born in Haskell, Oklahoma, Mrs. Hastings had lived in Hall County since 1965.  She was the daughter of the late Hoy Jean Dowdy and Leta Sandefur Dowdy.  A graduate of Siloam Springs High School, Mrs. Hastings  received her BS in Biology and Psychology, North Georgia College, 1972; MS in Librarianship, Emory University, 1973 and her SP in Media, University of Georgia, 1986.  In her  professional life, she was Library Assistant- University of Arkansas, 1953-55; Library Assistant- University of Kansas, 1955-1958, Acting Library Director- Truett McConnell College, 1968-69; Librarian- North Georgia College, 1968-1972; Reference and Readers' Service Librarian- Lake Lanier Regional Library System, 1973-1975; Media Specialist- Buford City School System (Elementary and High Schools), 1975-1979; Media Specialist- Lumpkin County High School, 1979-1991 where she retired from.  Mrs. Hastings was a member of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Marc Dow and Wanda Martin Hastings, Gainesville, GA; Dr. Bruce Charles and Nancy Evanoff Hastings, Ft. Collins, CO; grandchildren; Kerry Craig Hastings, Gainesville; Brett Thomas Hastings (Megan), Ellijay, GA;  Caitlin Rose Hastings, Ft. Collins, CO; 2 special great grandchildren and 1 special great great grandchild; brother and sister-in-law, Terrence Jean Dowdy and Madeline Dowdy, Lenora, TX; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Hastings is preceded in death by her parents,  husband, Claude E. Hastings and sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Dr. Edwin Whiteside.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 14, 2020 in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home.  Rev. Scott Hearn will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Alta Vista Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday March 13, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions please be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Hastings.

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Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Ga. 30501 is in charge of arrangements.

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March 13, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory
355 Dawsonville Hwy SW
Gainesville, GA 30501

Funeral Service
March 14, 2020

2:00 PM
Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory
355 Dawsonville Hwy SW
Gainesville, GA 30501

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