On Saturday October 7, 1939 in Centreville, Mississippi, a child was born and a daughter was given to Lucille and Charles. Shirley began her primary educational experience within the Centreville Public Schools. In 1953 at the age of 14, Shirley and her family escaped the confines of the South and relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan where Shirley continued her education with Grand Rapids Public Schools, becoming a proud graduate of Central High School. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley met and wed Mr. Donald Kelly and to that union her eldest son, Darryl "Butch" Kelly was born. Shirley relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Flint, Michigan for a fragment of time and then took residency in Pontiac, Michigan where she resided for over forty years. It was in Pontiac, Michigan that Shirley met and married the late Mr. Sanford Edwards. To that union, Erick Edward,(her youngest son) was born. After the life expiration of her husband Sandford, Shirley united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Bruce Snodgrass whom also proceeds her in death. After the earthly expiration of her husband Bruce, Shirley decided to come back to Grand Rapids, Michigan to live where she would be closer to her youngest son and her siblings.
Shirley accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at an early age. She united in fellowship with the Madison Square Christian Reformed Church where she had been a longtime parishioner.
Being a person of compassion and benevolence, Shirley found it to be a gratifying and rewarding honor to be employed as a nurse, which is the field of work she participated in up until the age of 79 years young. This occupation was a perfect match for her nurturing and sweet disposition and she found joy in caring for those who were unable to care for themselves. She worked in hospitals, convalescent homes and in private duty homes for people with special needs.
Shirley was a Proverbs 31 woman. Shirley could fine tune any song and didn't need a brown bag to carry it! Simply that woman could SANG!; she took great delight in gathering family and friends together to harmonize in love and unity. She was a seamstress extraordinaire and an interior decorator without compare. She was dressed to the nines at all times! She was sharp, beautiful, witty, and talented it is safe to conclude she was all that and a bag of chips! She loved to travel the world with her youngest sister Joyce.
On Wednesday August 4, 2021 at the age of 81, Shirley was beckoned by her Lord and Savior to retire from her earthly duties. She was welcomed into Life Eternal by her adored grandmother Stella Vaughn, her mother Lucille Vaughn Robinson; her brothers; George William (Billy), Carlton (Jet); sister, Sandra Vaughn;, grandson Darryl Kelly Jr.; Uncle Gip Riley; and two aunts; Bobby Riley and Betty Dijkstra; as well as her husbands; Donald Kelly, Sanford Edwards, and Bruce Snodgrass.
She passes the baton to continue in her legacy to two sons; Darryl Kelly and Erick Edwards; three brothers; James Raymond, and Stevie(Tammy); four sisters; Barbara, Jerilyn, Betty and Joyce; three sisters-in-love; Anna Lou, Faye, and Sue; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; a special cousin Elizabeth Burket of Pontiac, Michigan and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Shirley will be lovingly recalled forevermore for her genuinity and her loving and gracious spirit. She was always the life of the party and the family's matriarch. Rest Well Angel; we shall meet again on that distant shore where we will study war no more.
John 14:3 KJV And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
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