FC: What We Love About Shirley
1: Happy 80 years young
2: Love Phil | She does everything for me. I could not exist without her. I am a passenger and she does all the driving. She is my right arm. She helps me prepare and get to Bible study. It's difficult to express how much I appreciate her. I am a deeper Christian because of her example. She has been a great mother to our children.
3: Love Mark and Laura | Her love and commitment to God Her positive spirit and her unwavering faith. Her example as a godly woman and loving wife. Her love for and devotion to the entire family. | Her interest in and special relationship with each of our boys. Her willingness and expertise to help us decorate rooms in our home. She finds the strength to care about others, even when dealing with adversity herself. All of the times she arranged for Mathias Family Vacations at the Shore!! Her supply of great desserts, especially Ice Cream Cake Roll and Whoopie Pies (on the last day of school) For always making us feel so welcome and comfortable when we come to stay with her and Dad.
4: Love Marcy and Kenny | Our friendship Our daily talks “Either/Or” Gifts Her delicious pies Her ability to see something and then create it! Her generosity Willingness to get involved in school projects (especially my Charlemagne project) Her love of sunsets Her thoughtfulness! Her love of fresh flowers always in the house!! She is a really great mother-in-law. | To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. Barbara Bush
5: Love Sharon | She is an amazing caregiver! She is incredibly generous. She deeply loves and supports her husband, children and grandchildren. Her hospitality and including my friends as part of the family. | The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege. Charles Kuralt | Thoughtful and creative poems and scavenger hunts. Her hospitality and including my friends as part of the family. Taught me how to make her flaky pie crusts and still hems my pants when I need her too! She was always willing to help me decorate my many homes by making making fabulous drapes, pillows and bed ruffles.
6: Love Andrew and Allison | Her ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome, going to Grandmas has always been been something to look forward to because she was so warm and inviting and made us feel loved. | Her amazing example of loving faithfulness to her spouse, it is inspiring. The first time I met Grandma and Grandad, he was at Bryn Mawr Rehab. One of the first things she said when talking about the situation was that she had been married for 50 years and there is no where else she would rather be than sitting by his side, all day, every day, until he got better. I knew then that Andrew had excellent role models for what a faithful, Christ centered marriage should look like. Her sense of humor - with her sweet personality sometimes her wit catches you off guard. But she is really hilarious!
7: Love Jeremie | Scavenger hunts Well written poems Lots of good memories from beach vacations Fact that she won all that stuff on that game show, "Say When" | Has ham a lot for dinner Wraps presents really well Ice Cream Cake Roll
8: Love Kevin | I love how she is genuinely interested in what is going on in my life. I love how caring and conscientious she is; always prepared with our favorite desserts when we visit. I admire and love how joyful she is to be around even through tough times.
9: Love Katie and Kelli | Scavenger Hunts Ice Cream Cake Roll Playing grocery store and zoo She taught us how to sew. | Great cook Always willing to play games with us. Made matching dresses for us and our dolls.
10: Love Eleanor | She loves and is interested in others. She is a lot of fun! A committed Christian | Love Dona | Her hospitality Her welcoming way Her friendliness
11: Love Jacquie and Bill | She is the best of her mom and dad. She is a wonderful cook. She is all about family. She is a woman of deep faith.
12: Love Dona | How she generously demonstrates her love for others in thoughtful and meaningful ways. Her persistently positive attitude. | Love Peter and Athena
13: Love Stephen and Melissa | Her love for family Her example of faith Her enthusiasm She is a wonderful hostess She is always interested in what others are doing
14: Love Susan and Karl | She is quick to laugh. She makes everyone feel welcome. She is an awesome cook. She is so talented and has made a beautiful home for her family. Faith and Family are her priorities. There is no meanness in her. She is beautiful inside and out...she was my relative who I most wanted to to grow up to be like.
15: Love Jim | Aunt Shirley has always been a Cheerful Selfless Servant and a great: -Sister to my Dad -Daughter to her parents -Sister-in-law to my Mom -Aunt to me and my siblings All in all one of the very best people I have ever known, and a real blessing to our family! She is a genuine carer, a fantastic listener and a sincere encourager. Oh and one more thing... I can never think of Aunt Shirley without thinking of Cookie Cake and vice versa.
16: Love Karl and Jean | Her ability to listen Her positive attitude Her gentle manner Her caring concern for her friends and family She has been a good friend for 42 years. Her absolute faith in her Lord, even through the most trying times She's such fun to be with. Many trips abroad were certainly more enjoyable because Karl and I were able to share them with her and Phil. What could be more awesome than: -Walking in our Lord's steps in Jerusalem -Giggling on our camels in Egypt -Floating in the Dead Sea, cruising the Seine and the Rhone -Marveling at the Sistine Chapel -Scaling the mountains of Greece -Being moved by God's creation in the Canadian Rockies -Experiencing the Passion of our Lord at the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.
17: Love Ernie and Margie | There are so many things we love about Shirley that it is hard to know where to begin. Margie and Shirley met at Longwood Gardens one afternoon while volunteering at the Heritage House. There was an instant bond that afternoon which developed into a deep friendship. When we met Phil, we felt that same connection. We love their strong devotion to their family and their faith. Shirley also has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh. Despite all the many demands on her time, she never forgets to think of others. At her church, she finds the time to be a Caring Shepherd and reaches out to others when the need arises. Another reason we love Shirley is that she understands very clearly how the political system should work, which makes her a strong conservative, and one smart cookie. Many people claim to be Christians, but Shirley goes beyond mere words in her devotion. By example, and throughout her everyday encounters, she reflects the light of Christ. We are blessed to have her as a very good and close friend.
18: Her Good Humor - No matter what life brings, she remains smiling and optimistic. Her Selflessness - She is always able to graciously turn the conversation away from herself. Her Courage - She has faced a difficult situation with a determination to maintain as normal a life as possible. Her Perseverance - She never seems to tire of her day-to-day responsibilities to her family. Her Thoughtfulness - She notices and remembers the little details that others overlook. Her Faith - She has been gifted with an abiding faith in God's goodness, and shares it simply by being herself. Her "Class" - Simply speaking, Shirley epitomizes the term "Class Act". | Love Hugh and Peg
19: Love Debbie Wright | Love Dottie | She is caring and generous. She is conscientious, lives her faith, and exhibits grace under pressure, Best Friend | She is loving She is giving She is caring Her faithfulness She is smart | She is gifted Her generosity She is talented Her kindness A wonderful wife, mother and friend | She taught me how to sew in her Home Economics class in high school. She was a great teacher, and I've used her knowledge and remembered what she taught me throughout my life.
20: We simply know her as MOMMIO Many visits to Longwood's Fountain and Fireworks displays Open bed and breakfast Menus thoughtfully and carefully planned well in advance Memorable poems for special occasions Initiates conversations about UConn when traveling Overly generous inclusion to lavish restaurants These are a few of the many reasons we love her so! | Love Deb and Elisabeth