OBITUARY

Thelma Elizabeth Shirley

June 14, 1928November 11, 2020

Thelma Elizabeth Shirley, 92, of Stuarts Draft, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Stuarts Draft Christian Home.

Mrs. Shirley was born on June 14, 1928 in Baltimore, MD and was a daughter of the late George Winfield and Anna Wilhemena (Herrmann) Foard. She began her career in finance as a teller with the American Finance Company in Alexandria and advanced to a management position with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Upon her retirement she moved to their small farm in Oak Park where she enjoyed gardening and rural life. An avid quilter she opened The Little Shop, her hobby turned business, in Madison. Upon the death of her husband she moved to Madison and eventually served as Mayor bringing many improvements to the town. She later moved to Bridgewater, then finally to Stuarts Draft Retirement Community.

Mrs. Shirley loved the Lord Jesus Christ and actively served in churches throughout her life in various capacities. She was especially proud of the creation of the Bible Storytellers group at Muhlenburg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg.

Thelma was known for her determined personality and truly was an independent woman with a zest for life. She loved to travel with several of her close friends. Her eyes would light up at the mention of mountains, camping, campfires, Big Meadows Campground, and the Peaks of Otter. She treasured her family and especially enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren.

On June 10, 1946 she married Douglas Franklin Shirley, who preceded her in death on September 23, 1981.

Mrs. Shirley is survived by her sons, Brian Shirley and wife JoAnne of Afton, VA, Glenn Shirley and wife Monica of Fort Morgan, CO; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Shirley was preceded in death by her siblings, Edith Monson, George Foard, and Douglas Foard.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11 AM at the Church on the Hill in Fishersville with Pastor Shane Lilly officiating.

A private family graveside will be held later at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Oak Park, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Appalachian Christian School, 320 Maple Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. 540.949.8383

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  • Mrs. Shirley is survived by her sons, Brian Shirley and wife JoAnne of Afton, VA, Glenn Shirley and wife Monica of Fort Morgan, CO; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


    In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Shirley was preceded in death by her siblings, Edith Monson, George Foard, and Douglas Foard.

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Rebecca Kovacic

November 17, 2020

When I started helping Miss Thelma at the retirement community, we were a blessing to each other..I developed a great interest in Quilting from helping her with some quilts. When she could no longer sew she would ask me to bring in something to sew on her machine. She would say; I just want to hear the sewing machine run. When I would bring in a new piece of material she would light up like a Christmas tree just to touch it. I loved Miss Thelma like a Mom, and everytime I touch a piece of fabric I will always remember her.

Judy Hevener

November 14, 2020

Brian and Family,

My prayers are with you in the loss of your mother. Her obituary makes clear that she lived a commendable life. May God comfort all of you as only He can in your mourning and give you added joy in your celebration of her life well-lived and in warm memories to sustain you until your heavenly reunion with her.

Janet Simmons

November 14, 2020

I knew your wonderful mother from Muhlenberg. She was the sweetest person I have ever met. I am so sorry that I didn't visit more. The last time, I brought her good friend Katie Ray. We had a great lunch and great visit. I often asked Gerald Senger about her but he lost contact after she moved from her apartment. Great memories.

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