Shirley was born in Plainfield, NJ, to William Campbell & Edith (Adams) Campbell. She graduated from Rome (NY) Free Academy HS and Katharine Gibbs School of NYC. She married Donald R. Bryan in 1949 and had two sons, Gary & Richard, and also pursued a career as a bookkeeper at SARCO, helping her brother-in-law build a successful business from the ground up.
After living in Berkeley Heights, NJ, for 30+ years, Shirley & Donald retired to New Bern, NC in the early 1980’s and built a home on the golf course at Fairfield Harbor. Shirley moved to Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, VA, following Donald’s death in 1993, and in 2005, she moved to Greenspring Village in Springfield, VA, in to be closer to family.
She enjoyed chocolate, dogs, golfing, playing bridge, completing crossword puzzles and reading mystery novels. Shirley is survived by her sons Gary (Pat), Richard (Carol), 5 grandchildren Nicole, Jennifer, Macadams, Jackie, & Krista, and 6 great grandchildren Anastasia, Alexandra, Angelia, Gianna, Avery, Jacob, and a new great grandson due to arrive September 10th.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 10 a.m. in the Dogwood Commons building at Greenspring Village with a luncheon reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s name are requested for the Salvation Army or Capital Caring Halquist Center where she was lovingly cared for in her final days.
Capital Caring was founded when hospice was in its infancy in America. Our founder, oncologist Josefina B. Magno, MD, understood that people living with serious illness needed care, whether or not there was a cure for their condition. Her determination with leading policymakers, more than 40 years ago, guaranteed all Americans to receive hospice care through the Medicare Hospice Benefit.