Shirlee Gaines Edwards
Shirlee's memorial service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, August 26, at the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Reception immediately following service. Virtual viewing of the service will be available using this Zoom link.
Shirlee Gaines Edwards, 90, of Blowing Rock, NC, - avid reader, community organizer and advocate for children - died August 12, 2023.
Shirlee was born January 23, 1933, in Brockton, Massachusetts, to Lee E. Hopkins and Vera J. Hopkins. The family subsequently moved to Sarasota, Florida, where Shirlee attended Sarasota High School and was on the tennis team, writer's club, and voted "Most Talented". She graduated in 1950 along with her first husband, Francis Bookhart Gaines, and went on to earn a BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida in 1955.