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27 Dec

Shirley

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,

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,

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 of her that 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.

 

By Mary O’Leary McGlinn

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Shirley”

  1. 1
    John S McGlinn Jr Says:

    I did not know of Shirley’s passing. I remember her from her high school days and how beautiful she was both inside and out. I know Bobby is devastated and can relate to losing the “love of my life”. How painful this must be. There are no answers that can heal the wound, only time will dull the pain while we wait in anticipation of our final reunion. My best and my prayers for Bobby and his family.

  2. 2
    Patrick McGlinn (Leavenworth) Says:

    Shirley was a beautiful person. Our prayers are with Bob and his family. Mary, you did a wonderful job capturing Shirley’s contribution to – all of us.

    Patrick and Linda McGlinn
    pmcglinn@kc.rr.com
    lmcglinn@kc.rr.com

  3. 3
    Anonymous Says:

    Rest in peace.

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