November 3, 1966 – July 2, 2018
Shirley Perry was born on November 3, 1966 and passed away on July 2, 2018
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July 13, 2018
Shirley was such a friendly and helpful person. She was fun and had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed working with her - I learned a lot while having fun. She will be missed.
July 12, 2018
Shirley trained me as a Shift Leader at UVA and later I was her Nurse manager...but I wasn't. Shirley had a strong sense of how things should run in the hospital and 99.9% of the time she was right. I so loved working with her. She was a funny, passionate, and talented nurse. She was very good at keeping the physicians in line. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye Shirley. I pray that God will comfort all of us in our grief.
July 11, 2018
We moved to Northern Virginia just prior to our daughter's senior year of high school. How difficult that was for her, until she met Shirley. They were soon best friends. Throughout the years I had the joy of talking with Shirley several times. She had an infectious smile, a very calming demeanor, and proved to be such a caring person. She was always there for us during some difficult times. Shirley stayed with me when my dad passed, as there were no family members around. She was a comfort.
I bet she was a terrific nurse to all her patients. And I bet those medical students learned a lot about about life, and caring, and just being present. My regret is that we were not there for her in her time of need. So let us remember, if there is an old friend in your past that you often think about, don't hesitate. Call or write now. Hope you are smiling down on us all, Shirley. We all have such fond memories of you.
July 11, 2018
I first met Shirley after I moved to Fairfax in 1985 when my ex-husband Paul became her manager at Red Lobster. She spent many long nights patiently helping him close out the restaurant and afterwards, we would all get together at Denny's or Amphora for a middle of the night meal and some laughs.
Shirley became Paul's scuba diving partner and they went on many dive trips together...and I sometimes tagged along for a mini-vacation with them. Even though I didn't dive with them, we toured different tropical areas and sampled local cuisines afterwards while they told me about all of their undersea adventures.
Shirley was a wonderful "Aunt" to my daughters, always bringing them thoughtful gifts when she came to visit us when we moved back to Philadelphia. She spent time with us in Sea Isle City taking my girls crabbing, to the beach and boardwalk, reading them bedtime stories and just being a loving Aunt. We made many memories together that I will always cherish.
Shirley was a generous friend who could always be counted upon to tell you like it was and her candor and honesty will never be forgotten. Though we had not spoken in quite a few years, I look back on pictures fondly, remembering all the fun times we spent together. She will truly be missed.
July 10, 2018
I met Shirley when I moved to Virginia with my two young children after leaving my husband. Shirley trained me as a cashier at my first job. I wouldn't have lasted long if not for her patience and kindness. I'm a slow learner but she had the patience of a saint. Every time I made a mistake she would say"Don't worry we can fix it". If I had a penny for every mistake she fixed I would have a house in Malibu by the beach. She was wonderful with my baby daughter and shared many intelligent conversations with my oldest. When my son Jimmy went to college in Charlottesville I knew I didn't have to worry because if he needed anything Shirley would go running to help as she did many times for me. She is the true meaning of friendship, We shared so many happy times weddings, cried together at funerals and enjoyed making memories that I will cherish forever. I have never known a kinder more patient human being. I know she's in a beautiful place holding her precious Godchild in her arms. Shirley please give my love to my Dad. He only met you a few times but he knew right away you were very special and he was a great judge of character. Until we meet again I hold you close in my heart. Love and prayers to all your family I know you will be missed.
July 10, 2018
I count myself truly Blessed to have known Shirley; she was truly one of a kind. I owe her a lot; I remember she had a nice talk with me before my daughter was born on her expectation for me as a father. I still can hear her voice so clearly today, she made it clear that not only was she looking out for her Best Friend, Susanne but for the life of her future Goddaughter “Brittany.” Her statement was as followed: “ You will Always be there for your Daughter no matter what happens between you and Susanne or you’ll answer to Me.” Trust me she meant that!
Shirley was there when Brittany was born, when she got sick and when she passed away. Many years later when I spoke with Shirley while she was working and living in Charlottesville VA, the last conversation we had addressed the times we hung out as friends, “ Susanne, Shirley, Kathy, Tony and I.” and the time they all loaded my Fait Spider with popcorn.
Then she said.” Oh Yeah, you weren’t a Bad Father either.”
FYI “ Oh Yeah Shirley You weren’t a Bad Friend Either, You WERE A GREAT FRIEND” I Love You and I Truly will Miss You!
July 9, 2018
I have the privilege of calling Shirley one of my best friends. If you were lucky enough to have her as a friend, there isn't anything that she wouldn't do for you. She was loyal and would always be there in a time of need. Shirley was my first roommate out of high school and we also got our first jobs working in the same place. When I got married, she was my maid of honor and when my first child was born, I chose her as the godmother. My daughters called her "Aunt Shirley" and I know at least four other children of friends, who also called "Aunt". She was a big part of my life for close to 20 years.
Although over the past few years, we had not seen each other and our phone conversations had been minimal, I always thought that once I retired and moved from NJ, that we would reconnect. My heart is heavy knowing now that I will never have that chance. I have so many fond memories of Shirley. She is missed already. My prayers and thoughts are with her family.