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Shirley DeWitt Poore

Passed away on October 6, 2019

Mrs. Shirley DeWitt Poore, 86, of Tallahassee, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church with reception to follow.

Mrs. Poore was born on June 27, 1933, in Detroit, MI, to Edward DeWitt and Nathalie Laferte DeWitt. She spent her 20’s at Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario, Canada living her faith simply in community. While a first-grade teacher in Montreal, she met the love of her life, William Draper Poore, and they married in Michigan in 1966. Shirley was a devoted and loving mother to their three children, all born in Virginia. In 1980, the family moved to Tallahassee, and Shirley launched a successful real-estate career. She co-founded the Tallahassee Chapter of Pax Christi, the Catholic Peace Movement, and dedicated herself to Good News Outreach Ministries. She was a lifelong member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. In recent years, she was able to develop her artistic side and spent her time painting and enjoying her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Nathalie DeWitt; sister, Mary Lou Carriere; brothers, Edward Dewitt, James DeWitt, Carter DeWitt, and Bernard DeWitt.

Mrs. Poore is survived by her beloved husband, William Draper Poore; daughter, Therese Poore (Chris DelMarco); sons, Gregory Poore (Barbie) and Bradley Poore (Paola); grandchildren, Jesse Poore, Michael Poore, and Jackson DelMarco-Poore; brother, John DeWitt (Winni); sisters, Natalie Lucas and Elizabeth Stant; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members.

Shirley had a heart full of love and faith, a passion for social justice, and an artist’s soul. She created a full and beautiful life that she shared with many. She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Good News Outreach Ministries by going to goodnewsoutreach.org.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 10, 2019


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Peggy Durham

October 16, 2019

A wonderful lady. My family admired her and her family greatly. She made a difference. Blessings to all of you. Peggy Durham

Jill Williams

October 9, 2019

Terri, just learned of your mother's passing. My heart is with you. Sending you love and peace. Reading her obituary, I knew she was a woman who made this world a better place. You reflect her goodness and dedication to others.

Michelle Poore

October 8, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Aunt Shirley radiated joy and grace when I had the privilege of being around her; that light will be missed by any that knew her.

Love and prayers to you all.

Barry Buckner

October 8, 2019

Aunt Shirley was an amazing woman full of life and laughter! She will be greatly missed. Prayers for all the family!

Marilyn Hammond

October 8, 2019

Shirley was a bright light in our world and will be missed by so many of us who knew, admired, and loved her. She had a smile that took in everyone and a love of life and God that enhanced all those lucky enough to be in her presence. She had a heart of compassion for the poor, the imprisoned, and those forgotten by so many others. She fought long and hard against the death penalty, and during our last conversation just a few weeks ago, she shared with me that she thought things were changing and prayed she would see an end to capital punishment in Florida before she died! Well, Shirley, I promise I will continue to carry on your torch for that prayer of yours, and I know you will be advocating for this and other social justice issues from heaven! Thank you for always remembering my mother, Betty Jo Oldham, and always speaking so highly of her. I can't tell you how much that meant to me! Give her a hug from me! I know you are hearing these words from our Lord: "Well done, my good and faithful servant!" Rest in the JOY of God's loving presence!

Linda Hawks

October 8, 2019

So sorry to hear about the passing of this loving, caring, compassionate lady. Time spent with Shirley was always special-she was so engaging! I am grateful we had the opportunity to reconnect recently. Love and prayers to her wonderful family that she loved so dearly!❤️🙏🏽

Allison Clow

October 8, 2019

I just recently met Shirley at mass in Southwood. She was so sweet and had a wonderful smile. I am sorry that I will not get the chance to know here better. My prayers are with your family at this time!

Genevieve, Kevin and Aidan Carroll

October 8, 2019

Terri, Chris, Jackson - we're so saddened to hear of your mom's (grandmom's) passing. She had such a warming sunshine presence. Just knowing she was in the room made me feel warmer, welcomed, and safe. Her love for you all was so beautifully evident. Our love goes out to you and your family.

Kathleen Carriere

October 7, 2019

When Tom and I would travel to Florida to see Mama Lou and my brother Jack, Shirl and Bill extended their guest bedroom as a lovely safe haven to us.Shirley's graciousness and kindness to us during these visits went beyond any we have ever experienced. The evenings were full of catching up on news about our families our jobs. But the mornings, the mornings were Shirl and my time to excavate theology and all things philosophical, including sharing new book titles with each other. Often a book that Shirley had described would arrive at our house when we returned to Pennsylvania. A biography of Dorothy Day is one such book. Her review:" Kathleen, talk about a great life full of love and chaos!!" I knew I had to read it. What an intellect! Shirley Poore had the heart of a Dorthy Day, she lived her passion for love of the Other. I know no one like her..an original, But I am so grateful to have known this great soul. Rest in the peace of Christ, Shirley, all the while laughing and chatting with Mama Lou.