In Loving Memory

Shirley L. Ard

July 3, 1935 - June 19, 2022


Shirley Lindell Ard, age 86, a native and lifelong resident of Silverhill, AL, passed from this life on Sunday, June 19, 2022, and ran into the arms of Jesus.

Shirley was born in the Silverhill Hotel on July 3, 1935. She contracted poliomyelitis at the age of 3 and had several surgeries to combat the crippling paralysis that it caused. Although she was limited in her ability to walk, Shirley never let it stop her from living a full life. A graduate of Robertsdale High School, she married William Davis (WD) Ard on November 27, 1953. Shirley was a homemaker, mother to three daughters and busy farm wife. She spent time helping in the fields or feeding the young men who worked in them through the years. In 1990, as ardent fans of NASCAR, Shirley and WD partnered in operating LA Raceway, located in Loxley, for 15 years, providing hours of entertainment for racing fans. She was a member of the Silverhill Evangelical Covenant Church, where she enjoyed the love and fellowship of her many friends. She was known for her love of crochet and created hundreds of lacework doilies throughout her life.

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, WD, of 66 years; parents, Signe and Elmer Lindell; brother, George Lindell; eldest daughter, Wanda Jean Ard; and son-in-law, Bobby Giles.

She is survived by two daughters, Lacy Giles and Elizabeth (John) Cameron; grandchildren that she dearly loved, Tabitha (Ken) Woodard, Lindsay Ryan and Bruce Peturis; great grandchildren, Chloe Ryan, Fisher Ryan, Riley Woodard and Carter Woodard; sisters, Dorothy Edhegard and Paulette (Steve) Stanton; brother, David Lindell; as well as numerous family and friends.

A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 2PM – 3PM at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, AL.  Interment will follow at Silverhill Cemetery.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Betty & Jim Ponder

    Shirley was a great friend visits with her and WD was always special. I have several of her doilies in my home they will always remind me of her sweet smile. Great to think we will see each other some day in Heaven. Our prayers are with her family, she loved them all so much

  2. Ramona Wagner

    Aunt Shirley was a amazing women, I have such wonderful lifetime memories of her and her family!! I’m a blessed to have loved her and be loved by her!!

  3. Mike and Nancy York

    A life time friend and the best neighbor we could have ever had. We will always have Shirley and WD in our hearts.

  4. Maryalice Wilson

    I was sorry to hear about Shirley passing. I always enjoyed my visits with WD and Shirley; they made a person feel like part of the family. I think of them often, as well as Wanda. My thoughts are with all the members of the family.


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