OBITUARY

Shirley Cayton Gregoire

February 8, 1936January 6, 2021
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It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the death of Shirley Cayton Gregoire of Tuscaloosa, AL, who lost her three-year battle with cancer on January 6, 2021. Born on February 2, 1936, she was the daughter of Albert andOzeta Cayton of New Bern, NC.

Ms. Gregoire, a strong advocate for the equal rights of all people, was a pioneer for women in the field of engineering, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Ms. Gregoire began her studies at community college in her late 30’s and ultimately graduated with honors from Wake Forest University with a degree in Chemistry.

She was among the very first female engineers hired by Union Carbide Corporation in 1973 and was part of the Asheboro, NC team that designed and manufactured one of the first commercially successful alkaline batteries under the Eveready trademark. In 1978, Ms. Gregoire became the first female engineer at Union Carbide’s factory in Chickasaw, AL. Earning the respect of the mostly male workforce with hard work and competent management, together they produced highly specialized industrial products called molecular sieves for more than a decade.

After retiring from engineering, Ms. Gregoire became a real estate broker and co-owner of Manders and Gregoire Real Estate in Fairhope, AL, and served on the board of the Magnolia Beach Condominium Association. Adventurous in her retirement, she lived in Evansville, IN; Gulf Shores, AL; Chicago, IL; Nevada City, CA; Frisco, TX; and Tuscaloosa, AL; and travelled Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Ms. Gregoire outlived her first husband, George Broome, with whom she had four children, Bart, Brandy, Silver, and Scarlett. Her second husband, Guy Gregoire, whom she lovingly cared for during his extensive battle with Parkinson’s disease, also passed before her.

Truly an inspiration to all who knew her, Ms. Gregoire is survived by her brother Jim Cayton, her children Scarlett (Kenneth) Gaddy, Silver Eberly, Brandy (Mike) Sislow, and Bart Broome (Ronald Regina); and by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Due to the current pandemic, there was a private family memorial in Tuscaloosa on January 10, and Ms. Gregoire was interred at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, FL. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation in Ms. Gregoire's memory to Hospice of West Alabama. (https://hospiceofwestal.com/ways-to-give/contributions/)

To leave expressions of sympathy for the family please visit www.heritagechapeltuscaloosa.com, the service will also be livestreamed on Facebook (Heritage Chapel Funeral Home).

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  • Ms. Gregoire is survived by her brother Jim Cayton, her children Scarlett (Kenneth) Gaddy, Silver Eberly, Brandy (Mike) Sislow, and Bart Broome (Ronald Regina); and by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren., Unspecified

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Will Recieve Friends

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Peggy DeVaney

January 13, 2021

We knew Shirley from her days in Fairhope Al at Magnolia Beach Town Homes. Sorry for your loss.
Peggy DeVaney

Halle Sanders

January 9, 2021

I remember one day I went to visit Shirley, my grandma, in her apartment in Arlington Heights when I was about 12 or so. We decided to spend the day together, just me and her. We looked at books, bought candles, and ate California Pizza Kitchen, which she knew was my favorite at the time. It was such a simple day, nothing extraordinary about it. Yet it always stands out in my mind because I got to listen to her wisdom, hear her talk about her life. In return, she heard about mine and offered me advice that nobody else in my life could have given me. After, she let me play with her cats and take a nap in her bed. The thing with Shirley was that she was such a calming and wise presence that it didn’t matter what we were doing. Every minute with her was as extraordinary as she was. I think I will feel that calming presence in the more quiet moments; when I’m reading, playing cards, listening to music, or walking on the beach in Gulf Shores: all things I loved doing with her. Grandma, I love you, I miss you, but most importantly, I just wanna sit down and talk with you again.
Love, your granddaughter Halle

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