Shirley Anne Stanley was born in Cambridge, Maryland, to the late James Stanley and Pastor Hattie L. Stanley, on September 29, 1948. She departed this life on November 12, 2021.
Shirley received her High School Diploma after graduating in 1966 from the Mace's Lane High School. After receiving her high school diploma, she continued her education by attending and graduating from the Cortez Peters School of Business, located in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, Shirley met the late Charles Stanley, Sr. and they were married on December 19, 1969.
Shirley was a career musician. She loved the Lord and used her musical abilities as a skillful worshipper, playing the piano. She played for many events and occasions, like weddings, and funerals, however, she was well known for playing for choirs and at numerous churches. Some of those churches were, Zion Baptist Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Union Chapel AME, St. Luke Methodist Church and Waugh United Methodist Church, to name a few. At the time of her passing, she was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, here in Cambridge.
While music was her greatest passion, she also enjoyed indulging in the simple pleasures of life. She loved thrift shopping, yard sale shopping and playing spades. She also loved spending time with her family, whom she loved deeply. Shirley had a great sense of humor. Anyone that really knew her could attest to this, as she was an avid teller of jokes. Her comedic style always made conversations more interesting.
Shirley had a great love for youth. She frequently opened up her home to those who were in need, and spent many summers as the head of the Youth Summer Program, under the Housing Authority of Cambridge. With her loving, motherly and nurturing nature, she became a strong pillar of the community.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Stanley, Sr, and parents, James Stanley and Pastor Hattie L. Stanley.
Shirley leaves to cherish the memories of her life and to carry on her legacy, her seven children, Latanya Newton (Adrian), Carla Stanley of Cambridge, MD, Charles Stanley, Jr. (Sandra) of Preston, MD, Andre Stanley of Clinton, MD, Crystal Downes, Esquire (Claude) of Laurel, MD, Tiffany Stanley of Richmond, VA, Nicole Stanley of Cambridge, MD; five grandchildren Jasmine Stanley, Alexis Newton, Jakai Rhoden, Jace Downes, and Corey Downes; five siblings, Melvin Stanley (Evelyn) of Seaford, DE, Dennis Stanley of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Cynthia Porter (Elder Rod) of Cambridge, MD, Portia Stanley (late Tennyson) of Glen Burnie, MD, and Lorenzo Stanley of Philadelphia, PA; a special uncle, Timothy McIntosh (Marion) of Bowie, MD, a special cousin Ernestine Jones of Cambridge, MD and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will forever live in the hearts of those who loved her.