Shirley Saunders Baker, age 88, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away peacefully on, December 9th 2023 in her home surrounded by her family. Shirley was born June 14th, 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Mary Saunders, brother William Saunders and her husband of 50 year’s Virgil C. Baker Jr. (VC).
Shirley is survived by her daughter’s LouAnn B. Ward and Patricia B. Godwin, grandchildren Claude K. Gregory Jr. (CK) and wife Jennifer, Shirley S. Fand (Lynnie) and husband Damon, Courtney B. Gregory and Joseph C. Godwin (Chad), great grandchildren Macy G. Fand and Claude K. Gregory lll (Tripp). Brother Richard H. Saunders sister in law, Connie C. Saunders and niece Kaytren A. Saunders.
Shirley was a 1953 graduate of Norview high school where she was a cheerleader. Shirley enjoyed being a homemaker and being active with her children and grandchildren, she also enjoyed decorating and entertaining. Shirley was a life long member of Beta Sigma Phi and Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America Zulekia Court #35. The family would like thank Gentiva hospice caregivers Jenn. Joyce, Monique and Kelly, and family friend Merilyn Arnold for help and support.
A graveside service will be held December 19th, at 2:00pm in Forest Lawn Cemetery Norfolk, Virginia. Arrangements are being handled by Altmeyer Funeral Home Virginia Beach.