Shirley Ann Swancy was born March 19, 1952 to Clarence Miller Sr. and Jereline Crenshaw in the small town of Cotton Plant, Arkansas. She was the first child born of six children. Shirley received her education from the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1971. Shirley married Reverend James Swancy in 1982. As an Associate Pastor’s wife, Shirley was very active in various ministries within the church. This role also allowed Shirley to serve different churches in Missouri and Colorado. She was married to Reverend Swancy until his death on March 8, 1999.
Shirley accepted Christ at an early age and truly loved the Lord. She was a member of Strangers Rest Missionary Baptist Church until her health failed. She was a faithful, praying, and God-fearing woman who sincerely loved and cared deeply for her family.
Shirley was employed in health care as a nursing aid and protection services as a security officer. Those occupations truly encompassed her desire to help and protect others. Her desire to help others lead her to a group of strong and spiritual women named “Women On A Mission.” Shirley was a Charter Member and also served as the Chaplain for the Women On A Mission. This group provided her the opportunity to minister to others, specifically, women that were incarcerated and dealing with domestic violence.
Shirley was an avid artist since she was a child. She had a passion for visual arts including drawing, painting, and sculpting. She loved to capture the essence of a person through her drawings and paintings. Shirley received a scholarship to an Art Institute and was a commissioned artist. She collaborated with another artist and painted a mural for a local Kansas City, Kansas church.
On Wednesday evening, September 9th, Shirley was called home to be in the presence of God. She is preceded in death by her parents; and three siblings, Patricia Douglass; Dennis Ray Miller; and Clarence Miller Jr...
She leaves to mourn and cherish her memory one son, Anthony Miller (Robyn); Two granddaughters, Morgan; and Maya Miller; Two sisters, Debra Calhoun (Henry); and Naomi White (Ernest) all of Kansas City, Kansas. She also leaves an aunt, Maxine Harris; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends to treasure her memory.
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