Thelma Elizabeth Shirley
1928 - 2020
Thelma Elizabeth Shirley

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.

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Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. 540.949.8383
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Published by The Culpeper StarExponent from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2020.
Celebration of Life
Church on the Hill
, Fishersville, Virginia
Funeral services provided by:
Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory
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Brain and Glenn-and all the family. I am saddened to hear about Thelma´s passing. There is a whole room full of Little Shop ladies rejoicing and welcoming her into their forever quilting room. My heart is warm thinking of all the good times. We will miss her sweet face. Love and hugs to you all. Janet
Janet Miller
November 16, 2020
I am not sure but think I may be Aunt Thelma´s oldest living niece. I remember as a teenager I idolized her. Loved her laughter and at times, admired her patience with Doug and Vince. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, aunt, mother in law, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her Lord and Savior passionately and wanted to be sure those she knew were believers. I am grateful we were reconnected through the Horseman/Shirley summer reunions. She was an excellent role model for me. I will miss her but I know where to find her. Brian and Glenn, my heartfelt sympathies are with you at this time. Save those pictures for me to see.
Lana Shirley Hathaway
November 15, 2020
Brian and family, So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers at this time.
Clifton & Linda Hamilton
November 14, 2020