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Louise Margaret Shirley

July 21, 1923October 7, 2019

Louise Margaret Shirley, age 96, of Athens, Alabama formerly of Decatur, Al passed away on Monday October 7, 2019. Louise was born July 21, 1923 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas H. and Louisa Kane McClean. Her husband George H. Shirley, son Kenneth Shirley and sister Emily Van Antwerp. She is survived by her children Elizabeth McDowell and her husband Robert, Margaret Hargrave and her husband Tim and Thomas Shirley and his wife Donna. 6 Granddaughters, 1 grandson, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandsons. Louise is a member of Central Park Baptist Church where she loved singing in the church choir as well as the Community Choir. Louise served as nursery supervisor for many years. Visitation for Louise will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Roselawn Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life Service will be Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel. She will be laid to rest at Roselawn Cemetery, Decatur, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Louise's memory may be made to Hospice of Limestone County, 405 South Marion Street, Athens, Alabama 35611. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfhandcemetery.com for the Shirley family.


  • Hospice of Limestone County


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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Ruth Van Antwerp

October 13, 2019

If not for Aunt Louise, I would not know much about my mother's, Emily's, life, growing up in New York City. Thank you Aunt Louise.

Thomas VanAntwerp

October 13, 2019

I shall always remember my Aunt Louise's warm hospitality and home-cooked meals when I would visit her and Uncle George in their house in Decatur. Aunt Louise was always very hospitable, and I felt very welcome there. I loved to hear her stories about her family of origin, the McCleans, and I included much of her information in the family genealogy albums which I compiled some years ago. I will never forget those visits when they lived in their house in Decatur.

Aunt Louise was like an angel of light to me at the time of my mother's death in April of 1991. She appeared at the door of my parents' house in Iowa, and I thought to myself, " Thank God for Aunt Louise!" Both my late older sister Deborah and I gave her a big hug. My Mom's death was hard on us, especially on my late older sister Deborah, my Dad, and myself. Aunt Louise's presence there for a week was so comforting and re-assuring. She cooked meals for us, took care of my young nieces and nephews, comforted us with words of sympathy, and accompanied my Dad on his Sunday church duties. I will never forget her kindness and giving spirit.

I leave my expression of sympathy here for my cousins Elizabeth, Margaret, and Tommy. Your Mom was a special lady, and one that I was pleased to call "Aunt Louise."

Heather Anderson

October 8, 2019

Ms. Louise took care of my brothers and I on Tuesday nights for CrossForce Karate Ministries at First Baptist Church Decatur from 1995 -2003. I loved sitting with her during that time and listen to her tell me about Ireland, her mother seeing the Titanic set sail, her husband and brother fighting in WWII, about The Great Depression, and so much more. Most of all, she would tell us about Jesus. After I gave my life to Christ in 2002, I couldn't wait to tell Ms. Louise! She means so much to me, my family, and countless others. We will miss her so very much but I am thankful that I will get to see her again when I get to Heaven. Praying for your family during this difficult time. Much love and God Bless!