Shirley Mae (née Berry) Soulé was born December 24, 1944 in Camden, Arkansas. She was born from the union between the late Leroy and Lillie (née Traylor) Berry. Until the age of 10, Shirley spent her childhood in Camden. Later, however, the family migrated north to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Shirley was educated in the Grand Rapids Public Schools system. She attended Franklin Elementary school and South High school. Shirley accepted Christ at an early age. She attended Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Maurice Jones. She made it known that her love for Christ was strong. She would fervently confess, “I may not be at church all the time but trust and believe that the Lord is in my heart.” Shirley would often speak of her childhood. She had a myriad of wonderful stories depicting her upbringing and was eager to expound upon them. Her parents instilled sound morals and solid foundational values. She diligently and lovingly reinforced these principles in the lives of her children.
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In 1963, she was joined in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Mr. Allen Spencer Soulé. As a result of this union, six children graciously blessed their lives. David (Joyce) Soulé, Nanette (Ben) Adams, Yevette Soulé Bridgette (Stanley) Tolbert, Anthony (Michelle) Soulé, and Andre Soulé. Shirley was the epitome of a homemaker and mother. She dedicated herself to her family. Guiding and caring for her family was her sole purpose. Shirley's passion for sewing, cooking, teaching, helping, and counseling exemplified her maternal calling and enhanced her life. She enjoyed cooking for her entire family. Her love for her family was boundless and unlimited. Shirley was an olive branch to the neighborhood children, extended family and her friends. To know her was to love her.
Shirley was most satisfied when she was surrounded by her family, and as time progressed, she was afforded the opportunity to coddle and nurture her great-grandchildren. Shirley had a beautiful heart, a super spirit and a KISS 💋 that would change any situation from bad to wonderful. Her touch, her smile, her killer look, and her deadly smirk were an amalgamation of her sparkling demeanor, and unrelenting spirit. Her journey was incomparable to any other, and all along the way, Shirley impacted many lives in a very tactile and affectionate manner. Her light would brighten up the darkest of places within you and illuminate the world around you. Shirley was an outspoken, head strong, sweet, loving, kind and phenomenal woman. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Allen Spencer Soulé, her eldest sister, Shirley Beatrice Honorable, and her sister-in-law, Ann Soulé.
Her beautiful life will be cherished by her brother Leroy (Shirley) Berry Jr., her children, daughter-in-love, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and those who will perpetually love her.