Shirley Mae McDade

Shirley Mae McDade, 81, died peacefully Tuesday, January 30, 2007 with her loving family at her side, at Rankin General Medical Center in Brandon.

Shirley, the only child of Elizabeth and Clarence Reid, was born on November 24, 1925 in Peoria, Illinois. When her father died in 1943, Shirley's mother remarried and she experienced life with a wonderful second father, Harry A. Wickert, and a full family of step brothers and sisters including Frances, Mary, Harry, Jerry and Robert.

After completing studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Shirley began an extensive and rewarding career as an Executive Legal secretary. Shirley remained an active member of the National Association of Legal Secretaries. It was often mentioned that Shirley's long and graceful fingers gave her a great advantage of being one of the fastest typists ever.

Her legal career was responsible for introducing Shirley to the "Love of her Life", John McDade. She and John married in 1953 and were married over 53 wonderful years. Although John's career allowed them to travel the world extensively and live in many states, Shirley enjoyed most the company of friends and family in her home.

Shirley's love for people and community led her to become a civic and community leader.

She thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with the Welcome Neighbor Club which she was a member for more than twenty years. She also treasured her membership in P. E. O. Chapter F. Shirley was a beautiful and elegant lady who will be best remembered for all the "Big Hugs" she gave to all she loved. She especially loved her neighborhood friends who she always considered family.

The love of people spilled over to her passion as a wildlife enthusiast. Living on the Reservoir and observing Mississippi wildlife, gave her a sense of peace and serenity. The walls of her home are adorned with paintings and photographic images of Blue Herons, Mallard and Wood ducks. She enjoyed all types of animals but especially Boston Terriers. John and Shirley have had seven Boston Terriers, usually named "Buster". In fact, one of Shirley's favorite mottos hangs in her kitchen and says, "Dear Lord, please help me to be as good a person as my Buster thinks I am".

Shirley is survived by her husband, John E. McDade, daughter, Valerie Lynne and son-in-law, Gray Buchman of Lincoln Hills, California; granddaughter, Barbara and her husband, James Butler of Discovery Bay, California; grandson, David and his wife, Susan of Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are a total of 6 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents and step father.

Memorials may be sent to Lakeside Presbyterian Church at P. O. Box 5007, Brandon, MS 39047-5007.

Respecting a time for family healing, a memorial service celebrating Shirley's life will be on March 3, 2007 from 2-4 P. M. at Fox Bay Clubhouse off of Northshore Parkway. The family asks all friends to visit on February 5, 2007 to view a photo tribute to Shirley's life. Please sign the guest book on this web site as well.

Published in the Clarion Ledger on 2/2/2007.