Shirley Ann Reeves Lee, age 57, entered the gates of heaven on January 11, 2014 at home, surrounded by her devoted and loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
She was the daughter of Gayle Edwards and the late Walter Reeves.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Steve Lee; two sons, Brian Parrott (Carol) and Justin Parrott (A.J.); two daughters, Chrystal Lee and Stephanie Boggs (Jim); mother, Gayle Edwards (Noble); sister, Jamie West (David); two brothers, Danny Ellis (Terri) and David Ellis (Tara); and six grandchildren.
Shirley was a devoted Christian who was truly Christ like in thought, word, and deed. She spent every day of her life as an active witness for Christ, sharing His love with everyone she came in contact with. She was always smiling, cheerful, and willing to help anyone in need. Her kind, calm demeanor and thoughtful words were a blessing to many over the years. She was always an inspiration, but never more than in her final days, as she lived out her faith to the end of her earthly journey. Her legacy of faith and love will live on in and through the many, many people she witnessed to throughout her lifetime.
Shirley was passionate in her love for her family and friends. She loved unconditionally and that light shone in her eyes whenever she looked at or talked about her loved ones. Her “Papa Steve” was her rock, and together they cared for and nurtured their children and grandchildren, building a close, loving family. She made her friends part of her family and acquaintances were quickly friends.
Shirley was very active in her community and reached far and wide to help others. She was quick to volunteer, leading and guiding in all she did. Shirley was an active member of Amelia Christian Church where she served in many capacities through the years: deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth fellowship leader, children’s moment speaker, choir member, and numerous committees. She was a missionary for the Belarusian Relief Program and hosted four Belarusian children over the years. She was very involved with the North Carolina Presbyterian Pilgrimage, serving selflessly on many weekends. She even led a weekend as Rector, with the focus on loving your neighbor.
Shirley was currently employed with Cigna Healthcare as Director of Project Management in Information Technology. She was widely respected as being knowledgeable, effective, hardworking, and loyal. She was previously employed with CP&L for over 20 years in customer service.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Amelia Christian Church with the Reverend Keith DeBord officiating. Immediately following the service the family will receive those celebrating with them in the church fellowship hall where there will be a covered dish meal for all to share. The family will hold a private entombment service on Sunday in the mausoleum at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: The Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Walk and 5K Run at www.ovarianawareness.org. Go to the team “Loved Ones Longing For A Cure” to make a donation.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com
Arrangements are with McLaurin at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations.