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Shirley Shepard Curley

Shirley S. Curley, 87, of Cambridge, Maryland passed away at her home on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Shirley was born in Hopewell, Virginia on April 10, 1935 and graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, West Virginia in 1952. After working a few years in Princeton, she attended Jones College in Miami, FL and a few years later, went on to begin her career in Court Reporting, a career culminating in her position as the Director of Court Reporting for the Washington DC Superior Court and retiring after 29 years of service.

In retired life, family get-together’s were very important to Shirley. She was a southern cook who enjoyed cooking for her family. She loved her family and enjoyed her grandchildren coming for sleep-overs, going shopping and taking them out for lunch. Shirley enjoyed traveling, going to the casinos and shopping at the Amish market with her friend, Doris Goslin.

Surviving Shirley are two daughters Kate Milner, and son-in-law Terry of Middletown, MD and Sally Shepard of Preston, MD; grandchildren Jeffrey McDonnell, Kylee Shepard, Julia Milner, Connall Echternach and Scott Milner; her brother Thomas Rice, dear friend Ronald Bennett, and her nieces and nephews; Connie Sauls, Dale Rice, Leisha Cook and Kurt Rice.

Preceding Shirley in death were her parents, Pauline and Howard Rice, along with her husband Jack Curley and her lifelong best friend, Connie Bennett.

A graveside memorial service will be announced at a later date at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley’s name can be sent to The Semper Fi and America’s Fund - www.thefund.org

Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge, MD.

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So many stories do I have. I guess the one that sticks out the most, I was arrested at BWI airport several years ago. I was dropping my kids off to travel back to California. The tags had expired on my wife's van. After the BWI police pulled me over, they told me to sit in the car and be safe. When they came back to the car it was an attitude change. Get out of the car, sir, you're under arrest for grand larceny in the State of North Carolina.

Handcuffed and arrested. I could make one call. I called my wife Connie. What a mess. Connie called her best friend Shirley and Connie and Shirley came to Baltimore with Shirley's portfolio which was much larger than mine. Seems I got a speeding ticket one time and the State Police put it under another Ronald Bennett, ten years younger, I only spent a few hours in jail. Shirley brought her portfolio to the Court!! I was released that day and never had to do bond or anything else, simply released.

My dear wife has passed and now Shirley has passed.

Ron Bennett Jun 30 2022 5:09 PM

Ms. Shirley’s easy smile, generous heart, and warm hugs will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure to know her, even if only for a short period of time. Fortunately, she passed those same qualities along to her amazing family, allowing her legacy to continue for generations to come. My heartfelt condolences are sent to her family and friends.

Duke Tucker Jun 28 2022 9:52 PM

Ray Crismond and family send their deepest condolences to Shirley's family. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend.

Ray Crismond Jun 23 2022 6:07 PM