February 21, 1931 - May 16, 2015
"I have competed well: I have finished the race: I have kept the faith." ~2 Timothy 4:7
It is fitting that on May 16th, the day before the Bay to Breakers, Sister Shirley finished her earthly race and was welcomed joyously by our God to the finish line. Sister Shirley was 84 years old and was celebrating her 60th year of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Sister Shirley was an elementary school educator at Saint Cecilia (San Francisco), Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Mark (Venice), Saint Stephen (Monterey Park), Saint Elizabeth (Altadena) and All Souls (Alhambra). She also served as principal at Saint Augustine (Oakland) for one year and Saint Mary (Los Gatos) for 7 years. Sister Shirley was a beloved Director of Residents at Holy Names University for 4 years.
In 1982–1983 she attended the "Religious Leaders Program at Notre Dame to prepare her to become SNJM Vocation Director. A significant result of her time at Notre Dame was that she became a loyal and faithful member of the "Fighting Irish".
While Sister Shirley's vibrancy and kindness drew others to her – from elementary school students, to residents at HNU, these gifts of hers were a perfect fit for ministry with the elderly for over 20 years. She loved working with seniors and she did so at Sacred Heart Parish, Saint Mary Center, Strawberry Creek Lodge, North Oakland Senior Center and Oakland Adult School. Her ministry to seniors always included the annual retreat at either Villa Maria Del Mar (Santa Cruz) or Villa Los Gatos. In all her ministries In all her ministries Sister Shirley created in her heart a place of welcome and hospitality for whomever she met.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Hutton, nieces, nephews and their children.
Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.