Shirley A. Kerley

  • Born: November 15, 1924
  • Died: December 19, 2014
  • Location: Punta Gorda, Florida

Roberson Funeral Home and Crematory

2151 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Tel. 941-629-3141

Tribute & Message From The Family

Shirley A. Kerley, 90, of Punta Gorda, FL, passed away peacefully Friday, December 19, 2014 in Port Charlotte, FL.

Born November 15, 1924 to Norman Peterson and Beatrice L. Nevins in Muskegon, Michigan, Shirley, a graduate of Saint Jean Catholic Church in Muskegon, attended Muskegon's Junior College before entering into Muskegon's Hackley Hospital's Nursing Training Program. Eighteen months later she met a hospital patient, James M. Kerley, who would become her husband, on February 27, 1945. Following a move to Washington D.C. to be closer to her parents, Shirley began a 20 year career with AT&T. She and James raised their family in Rockville, Maryland just outside of D.C., where they resided from 1953 until moving to Punta Gorda as full time residents in 1991. A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda, Shirley was a member of Sacred Heart's Guild of Our Lady, the Pioneers Club Retirees, and was closely associated for many years with the Freeman House in Punta Gorda.

She is survived by her beloved husband of over 69 years, James; daughter Carole L. Tull of Fort Myers, FL, and son, Bradley A. Kerley of Punta Gorda; grandchildren, Melvin Faulconer and Darlene Machovec, both of Damascus, MD, and Sharon Ann Kerley of Lee High Acres, FL, and Jason Kerley of Baltimore, MD; great grandchildren, Josh, Ian and Riley Faulconer; sisters, Frances Schaefer of Phoenix, AZ and Barbara Ward Earle of Newark, DE, and sixteen nephews and nieces. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Sharon Ann Kerley.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. with Prayer service at 4:30 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Homes, 215 Mary Street in Punta Gorda. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Shirley's name are suggested to a charitable organization of one's choosing.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes Punta Gorda Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My Grandmother will truly be missed. She was so kind hearted, sweet, loving and caring. Anyone she met would become a dear friend to her.. We were best of buds throughout my childhood. She made my every summer so special every year when I would come to visit. She had so much joy and energy in her heart and soul that even as a youngster she could be hard to keep up with. I loved her so much and she will be truly missed but she is where she always looked forward to going, home with our Lord. Love you forever & always Grandma!!

Posted by Sharon Kerley - Lehigh Acres, FL - Granddaughter   December 31, 2014

To Carole and family, my heart goes out to you. Shirley was a beautiful person all the way through. She lived her life with grace and was courageous to the end. I know she will be missed so much. My condolences to you, rest in peace Shirley.

Posted by Julie Mallis Turner - Melbourne, FL - Friend   December 30, 2014

May you rest in peace Aunt Shirley now that you are home.We will all miss you and the kindness you always showed when we were together.You were my favorite aunt you know!

Posted by nancy gerner - lincoln, NE - niece   December 28, 2014

Was saddened to hear the news of Shirley's passing.
She was a lovely lady who always had a smile on her face.

Shirley will be missed very much.
Will remember her in my prayers

Deepest sympathy to the family.

Ann Bobbin

Posted by Ann Bobbin - Punta Gorda,FL, FL - Guild member - Sacred Heart   December 28, 2014

Rest in peace Miss Shirley. I will always remember you and all the times I spent at your home! You were like a girlfriend to,me. I always could talk with you honestly. I have very fond memories of my friendship with Carole and all the times I spent the night at your home. You were always so young at heart. Go be with our Lord now and if you see my parents tell them how much they are missed also. I will never forget you....with love, Nancy

Posted by Nancy J Griffith. ( Hart) - Milford, DE - Friend of family   December 27, 2014

Thank you for your sincere acts of kindness, your warm spirit and welcoming. Those you left behind will mourn and miss you but I know you've "gone home." Until we meet again....Joe

Posted by Joe Machovec - Selbyville, DE - Friend   December 26, 2014


We are so sorry t hear of Shirley's passing, Love to her family

Posted by Bob and Connie Pepsny    December 24, 2014