Her passion for politics was achieved by first working with attorneys, beginning in Florida and eventually with corporate attorneys. This allowed her to work in Washington, D.C. There she eventually worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State, Jim Baker. In this role she learned protocols and customs of foreign nations and dignitaries. She kept the third highest office in the nation on point with schedules and details.
Baker served as Chief of Staff in President Ronald Reagan’s first administration and in the final year of the administration of President George H. W. Bush. He served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1985–1988 in the second Reagan administration, and as Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush administration, according to Wikipedia.
Shirley said she grew closer to God during her time with the church family at Mt. Juliet.
“Her Bible was full of notes, her life was full of God’s love and her hands were constantly serving anyone who came into her path,” the church writer said.
Shirley’s second greatest success was found in motherhood. Her son Mike spoke at his mother’s memorial. His words praised her highly.
As a young adult Shirley also served as a private investigator and model.
For the entire obituary on the church website, go here.