Georgia M. Shockley Spurgeon, 84, died at her home south of Rolla on Friday, Dec. 26, surrounded by family.
She was born June 19, 1924, at Bland to Samuel L. Shockley and Hattie Phelps Shockley. 
Georgia married Allen G. Spurgeon on Oct. 2, 1942, and traveled with him to Chicago, Oklahoma, and Oregon during World War II. 
They moved to the family farm in northern Phelps County where they lived until 1965.  Their four children, Dennis, Mary Alice, Stan and Anne were born while they lived there.  They lived in Rolla where they had an insurance and real estate business for many years. 
Later they moved to Osage County where they owned and operated a limestone quarry. 
Georgia was the cartographer in the Maries County Assessors office for 18 years and retired at 76.  The friendships she formed there were very important to her and maintained until her death. 
Georgia Mae, as those who knew her when she was young always called her, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.  She was a remarkably kind but opinionated woman and an amazing cook who welcomed anyone to share a meal in her kitchen. 
She was a staunch liberal Democrat who volunteered her time to and was ecstatic to witness the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States and Jay Nixon governor of Missouri. 
Her family deeply regrets that she didn’t live to see George Bush leave the White House.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Ray, Jack and Kenneth Shockley, her beloved husband, Allen and her eldest son, Dennis. 
She is survived by her children Mary Alice Spurgeon (Gary Graviett) of the home, Stan Spurgeon and wife Kim of Springfield, Anne Spurgeon (David Woods) of Madison, Wisconsin and daughter-in-law Pamela Spurgeon of Kansas City. 
She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Heide Dawson and husband Doug, Jennifer Perry, Steven Perry and wife April Wiley, Andrew Spurgeon and wife Leslie Parrish, Timothy Perry, Jeffrey Perry and wife Thea, Christopher Spurgeon, Eric Spurgeon, Nathaniel Woods, Joseph Woods, Isabella Graviett and Peter Woods.  Her six beautiful great-granddaughters, Megan, Leah and Hannah Dawson, Sabina, Iris and Ada Perry also survive.
Also special to Georgia were her ‘bonus’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Michelle Graviett and her life partner Kim Voorhees, Micah Graviett and wife Aubrey, Jamie, Brendan and Aliena Loftus, Breanna Conklin, Brooke, Clay, Ty and Bryar Graviett.
She also is survived by her sisters-in-law, Eileen Shockley, Martha Sewell, Allene Goers and Clara Harvey, by her brother-in-law Galloway G. Spurgeon and his wife Ina, many beloved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was a thoughtful listener and faithful friend to many.  She taught us so much about life and love and laughter.  We will miss her deeply.
Visitation for Georgia will be held at the Sassman Funeral Home in Bland, Mo., from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of services at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29.
The Rev. Richard Howard Terrill will officiate. 
Her grandchildren will be her pallbearers.
Memorials can be made to Capitol Candlelighters, Madison, Wisconsin or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.