Shirley Shields Gray
Shirley Ann Gray (nee Shields), 84, of New Bern, North Carolina, formerly of Orange County, California and Caruthersville, Missouri, died peacefully in her sleep on the morning of July 26, 2021, at Bayview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Bern. Born November 6, 1936, in Kennett, Missouri, she is predeceased by her parents, Clyde and Merle (Marler) Shields, and her late husband of 41 years, Robert Gray, of Revere, Massachusetts.
Shirley was a woman of many talents, helping at Barbara’s Steakhouse (now The Round House Restaurant), working long hours at a local title company to provide for her three young children, and finally, as an incredibly successful Trade Show Management Executive who helped pioneer new venues of outreach and engagement for the scuba diving and equipment manufacturing sector. She was an enthusiastic volunteer and philanthropist, and as a devout Presbyterian, her time spent sharing her beautiful voice with her church family and community were her most cherished memories. She was an avid poet and published a book of her works in honor of her church family in Palm Desert, CA. Her most cherished poem was written in honor of her beloved Mother, which was featured in her service of remembrance. She loved to travel and recalled her time abroad fondly, most especially the trip to Israel she made with her Mother. She loved to watch NASCAR, football, figure skating, and tennis; loudly cheering on her favorite teams and athletes.
Survivors include her children, Richard (Nancy) Glass of Nine Mile Falls, WA; Tamara (Mark) Leonard of Dothan, AL; and Woodrow (Dale) Glass of Verrado, AZ; grandsons Ryan Glass of Nine Mile Falls, WA; Tyler, Aaron, and Dylan Glass of Fallbrook, CA; granddaughters Sarah (Jeremy) Clark of Savannah, GA; Katharine Leonard of New Bern, NC, and Meg Sprink-Fisher of Verrado, AZ. Great-Grandsons Maddox, Liam and Grayson Clark of Savannah, GA, and Great-Granddaughter Rowan Sprink-Fischer of Verrado, AZ.
Private services were held alongside the resting place of her beloved Aunt Barbara Woodson, Pastor Ricky Lyle officiating, with interment in Maple Cemetery. The family thanks all those who made honoring their beloved Mother and Nana possible as she was brought home to rest in Pemiscot County alongside those she loved so dearly.
H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.