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Poems and Music

Bob Poem

Published on July18, 2013

By Bob


Shirley

There
is this woman, her name is Shirley.

She
has left us and, yet, she remains.

She
remains with us in the lives of her family,

Her
husband, Bob, who calls her “the love of my life,”

In
the lives of her beloved children, Matthew and Maura,

And
Maura’s husband, Allen,

And
in the lives of her cherished grandchildren, Riana and Joshua and Eva

Who
filled her life with so much joy as she did theirs.

In
all of these lives that have been shaped so deeply, so beautifully

By
Shirley, she remains with us far into the future.

She
remains with us in the lives of her original family,

Her
Dad, her loving sisters and brother, all of her extended family,

Her
sister Mary Helen, who was her soulmate and such a comfort to her

And
in all of our memories of her beautiful and dear mother.

She
remains with us in the lives of her close and devoted friends,

In

the lives of the staff members in the Pre-Med program at SIU,

Her
dear friend and collaborator in the program, Evelyn Jackson,

And
in the lives of all the members of her extended McGlinn family

Who
came to know and love her as one of their precious own.

In
all of these lives that she enriched so greatly

With
her intelligence, her wit, her beauty, and her love,

She
remains with us.

There
is this woman, her name is Shirley Mcglinn, the teacher.

She
has left us and, yet, she remains.

She
remains with us in the lives of the countless students that she

Taught
and inspired as they have gone out and continue to go out into the world to heal.

It
has been said of her that she was the consummate teacher,

A
teacher who not only was so highly skilled in the art of academic instruction,

But
a teacher who was an example and mentor to her students in so many ways,

In
ways of caring, in ways of honesty, in ways of persevering, in ways of loving.

A
teacher honored over and over and over again by her students

And
recognized by her peers time and time again for her creativity and excellence.

Her
legacy with the young men and women she taught is so deep, so lasting,

She
will be with us far, far into the future as they live out their lives.

There
is this woman, her name is Shirley Mura McGlinn.

It
truly can be said she made the world a better place.

This
remarkable, beloved woman, our dear Shirley, has died,

And, yet, she lives.

She
taught us how to live joyfully and with purpose.

She

lives on in all of our lives.

 Mary O’Leary McGlinn

 

A poem written by one of Shirley’s former students many years ago:

Eva Singing

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One Response to “Poems and Music”

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    the oleary Says:

    I still miss her every day. I still cry tears of loss. I still am thankful she was a part of my life.

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