WILMINGTON — Shirley Ellis Edwards Moore, 85, also lovingly known as Grammy, left her earthly home on October 26, 2021, and is now celebrating her eternal life with her Lord and Savior in her heavenly home.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 6 years Robert N. Moore (Bob); her four children, Mark and wife Kim, Kevin and wife Ruth, Sherry and husband Stan, and Donna; nine beloved grandchildren, Megan and husband Brett, Kayleigh and wife Ashley, Micah, Chase, Britton, McKenzi, Morgan and husband Graham, Alyssa, and Hunter; six great-grandchildren, Roman, Beya, Enzo, Vita, Hayden and Lennon; her siblings Carolyn, Marshall and wife Judy, Dean and wife Rita; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Bob’s sons, Keith and wife Jill, Brian and wife MaryAnn, Chris and wife Aimee’, and their children, Brantley, Mary, Carter, Lillee’ and Kendall. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Thurston Eugene Edwards (Gene); her parents, Marshall Stenson and Gladys Smith Ellis; her brother, Dale Ellis; and her sister, Sylvia Rackley.
Shirley was born in Wilmington, NC on November 3, 1935. She graduated from Penderlea High School (where she was an exceptional student and athlete) in 1954, and James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1957, (where she was chosen Miss James Walker). She was a very active member of Temple Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees over the years, volunteered in the church office, sang in the choir for decades, and was proud to be the first female elected to the Board of Deacons, which she chaired on two separate occasions. She was a Registered Nurse at James Walker Memorial Hospital, and worked for Dr. Sigmond Bear until she became a mother, at which time she became a “stay at home” mom for her children and their neighborhood friends, until they were grown. She then took a refresher course and returned to the profession that she loved at Davis Health Care Center.
Known for her compassion for others, her love of music and singing, her positive attitude and her beautiful smile, she was a true example of Christian love, and was an amazing and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by many!
Out of an abundance of caution, there will be a private family burial at Oleander Memorial Gardens, with a visitation and celebration of her life at a later date.
The Edwards and Moore families would like to thank all of the health care professionals that worked so hard and exhibited so much love for Shirley and her family including, but not limited to, Intracoastal Internal Medicine, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Novant), and the Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center.
The family would like to suggest memorial contributions in Shirley’s honor be made to Temple Baptist Church, or the Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center.
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