Shirley F. Stanley, 77 and owner of Shirley's Cleaning Service, succumbed to cancer on May 9, 2021 and was called home to be with her Lord after 5 years with multiple myeloma which she battled without complaints until cancer treatments had to be stopped (which allowed the cancer to advance) during bouts with pneumonia). She and her husband traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to UAMS where stem cell transplant was accomplished in 2016. UAMS was found to be a great place for multiple myeloma patients. Over the years, they traveled back and forth for testing where she endured 11 bone marrow biopsies, many pet scans and MRIs.
Shirley was born on September 23, 1943 in Richmond, VA to the late Gordon and Hilda Fuqua. She attended John Marshall High School in Richmond. After graduating, she married David Stanley on September 7, 1963. After a short honeymoon, they moved to Blacksburg, VA for two years for David to complete his BSME degree from Virginia Tech. Shirley started a day care center at the Greenwood Pentecostal Holiness Church and was its Director for a number of years until she started Shirley's Cleaning in 1987 in which she had more than a hundred customers just about all from word of mouth. She loved her customers and treated them like family.
Shirley was a special person who never met a stranger. She read her bible every morning and had a special love of God, family and friends.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 57 years, daughters, Deborah Cook (Greg), Kimberly Stanley Fletcher, Cheryl Darouse (David); grandchildren, Brittany Cook, Lea Cook, Hunter Darouse, Anthony Donnelly and great-grandson, Isaac Cook. Siblings, Carol Synan (deceased) of Oklahoma, Harold Fuqua (Susie), Gordon Fuqua, Janice Mora (Gamito) and Gary Fuqua (Sherry) all of Richmond, and brothers-in-law, George Stanley of Richmond, Va and Joe Edwards of Chester, Va.
We want to acknowledge Riverside Regional Medical Center Hospice and Riverside Cancer Infusion Center staff especially her infusion nurse, Shannon, for their wonderful, outstanding care and comfort they provided.
A viewing will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 6 to 8 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, VA.
Arrangements and heartfelt guidance through Claytor Rollins Funeral Home. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
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