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April “Shirkey” Batson

April “Shirkey” Batson, Galena, MO, daughter of Jerry and Judy (Fischer) Shirkey, was born on August 30, 1976 in Springfield, MO and departed this life on May 24, 2020, at the age of 43.

April Batson

April was a lifelong resident and graduated from Galena High School, Galena, MO in 1994. While in school, she was the leading scorer on the ladies basketball team. After graduation, April was a cook for seven years at Galena High School and she coached softball. April loved kids, fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, floating, camping, concerts and scratch-off tickets. But her greatest love was for her great nephew, Elias Hale; great niece, Libby Wilson and adopted grandson, Braden Baker.

April was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Shirkey and maternal grandmother, Joan Fischer.

Survivors include: best friend, Dana Hilton of Galena, MO; mother, Judy Snider and husband, Michael, of Clever, MO; son, Andrew Batson and fiancé, Courtney Rasco of Branson, MO; three brothers, Craig Shirkey and wife, Chasity of Galena, MO, Casey Shirkey and wife, Lori of Huntsville, AL and Jeremy Shirkey of Springfield, MO; a step-brother, Jason Snider and wife, Diana of Ozark, MO; a step-sister, Athena Rees and husband, James of Verona, MO; grandparents, Jerald and Betty Shirkey of Nixa, MO and Lester and Geri Fischer of Galena, MO and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in New Testament Christian Church, Reeds Spring, MO. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020 in New Testament Christian Church, Reeds Spring, MO with Steve Verheyen officiating. Burial will be in Charity Cemetery, Crane, MO under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane, MO.

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