King, Shirley (Henton)




March 31, 1940 – September 26, 2009


OBITUARY from The Manhattan Mercury: Shirley Ann Henton, 69, of Manhattan died Friday at Via Christie St. Francis Health Center in Wichita.

     Her family provided some of the following information.

     She was born Oct. 27, 1939, in Manhattan, the daughter of Francis V. King and Orrel Eudella Stewart and stepmother, Mabel Kaump King.  From the age of 9 until 14, Shirley resided at the Colorado Christian Home in Denver.  She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1958.

     Shirley was united in marriage to Harlin Garrett Henton on March 23, 1959 at Westmoreland.  He survives.

     Shirley was a seamstress for Dillard’s Department Store for seven years.  She was a member of the First Christian Church, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and was very active in the Old Abilene Town Gunfighters Show, making many of the costumes that were worn for the shows.

     In addition to her husband, Shirley is survived by a son, Thomas Eugene Henton and his wife, Julie and a daughter, Kara Kay Lowley and her husband, Jay; five grandchildren, Felipe Lee Zwygart, Raymond Joseph Zwygart, Jaclyn Kaye Zwygart-Jones, Maggie Anne Henton and Zachary Thomas Henton, a great grandchild Nevaeh Kaye Jones; a brother Francis Vern King, San Bernalilo, N.M.; a sister, Mary Stover, and her husband, Gary, Supulpa, Okla.; and two half sisters, Rita McCormick and Eudella Fairchild.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Karan Kay Ward in 2002 and a half brother, Larry McCormick.

     A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Thursday at the Irwin- Parkview Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the Grandview Cemetary, Riley.

     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Irwin Parkview Funeral Home in Manhattan.

     Memorial contributions can be made to the Colorado Christian Home in Denver, Colorado or Heartspring for Mentally and Physically Handicapped Children and left in care of the funeral home,  Online condolences can be sent to