Pauline Kay Shirley, age 71, went to be the Lord on March 3, 2019. She was predeceased in death by her father, Ned Wilson Shirley, Sr.; her mother, Pauline Barrett Shirley, and her husband Ed Alder. She is survived by her three children, Kyle (Brandee) Johnson of Dacula, Lane (Jeff) Thomas of Jefferson, and Rob (Mindy) Johnson of Newnan and stepdaughter, Michele Larson of Seattle, Washington; her sister, Marcia Shirley Duncan (Brian Boardman) of Lawrenceville; her brother, Ned Wilson Shirley, Jr. (Jayne) of Buford; grandchildren Bryson Pach, Daniel Johnson, Elijah Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Cooper McCullers, Carson McCullers, Johnson Thomas, Nicole Thomas, Matthew Thomas, Ashley Holmes, Jacob Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Kaileigh Johnson and great granddaughter Delilah Johnson; niece, Erin Shirley Caufman (Joseph) and their daughter Lylah; nephews Scott (Amber) Shirley and their son, Ryland; and nephew Matthew Shirley. Kay loved her Lord, her family, close friends and her Bridge friends (Atlanta, Gainesville and Athens). Kay was smart, funny and beautiful and she will be missed more than words can say. The family will receive friends at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The funeral service will be held at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Reverend Jason Britt will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation In Memory of Kay Shirley to the Wide Awake Fund, Bethlehem Church, 548 Christmas Ave, Hwy 11 N., Bethlehem, Ga. 30620 Bethlehem, GA or Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Dear Lane & Family,
    Thinking of you and the whole family and remembering your mother with fondness as we shared many days together at the baseball fields.
    My condolences and prayers are with you all.

    Karen Evans (Lauren’s Mom)

  2. To our dear friends Marcia (Shirley) Duncan and her husband Brian Boardman, our deepest sympathy on the loss of your sweet and beautiful sister. May you be comforted by a lifetime of warm and loving memories and the legacy she leaves in her children and grandchildren.

  3. Wilson,
    Beth and I are saddened by your loss of a sister.
    We will keep you’re families in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  4. Such a sweet lady….you are all in our thoughts and prayers!
    Sherry Anton
    Lanierland Duplicate Bridge Club
    Gainesville, GA

  5. Marcia and Brian:
    We are praying for you and your family at this sad time. Remember the good times. Just remember, all of us at the A-Team are there for you if you need us. Please do not hesitate to let us know.

    Much Love and Sympathy.
    Ace, Ann and all of us at the A-Team

  6. Prayers for Marcia, Wilson and all the family at this sad time. It’s been many years since Kay and I have been in touch but I remember what a loving and giving person she was. She will be missed by so many people. Love you sweet and precious Kay.

  7. May the sweet memories of beloved and beautiful Kay provide all of her love ones and dear friends comfort during this very sad time. Many sweet memories of going to school together and the best were our basketball days as team mates. Prayers for comfort for the family and may you RIP beautiful Kay.

  8. May the sweet memories of the beloved and beautiful Kay provide her love ones and friends comfort during this sad time. We shared many fun times during our school days and the most memorable were as team mates on the basketball team. Prayers for the family and may you RIP dear Kay.

  9. My prayers for peace and consolation go out to you Marcia and Wilson. I have very warm and fond memories of our families from many years ago on Hood St. May God give you strength and may your sister and my friend rest in peace.

  10. Please know that each of you are in my prayers. Our loss is heavens gain and we can rejoice in that victory,,

  11. Kay was such a great friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed by all on Paula Court. I will miss her sweet smile and the love she shared. My heart goes out to all her family and friends who will miss this sweet lady. RIP my friend.

  12. A cold wind blew into Florida Monday morning and we knew not what had caused it until Kyle advised us of the passing of his mother. This is only the ending of one journey and the beginning of another journey more beautiful than we can imagine. Our hearts ache because those we love are hurting. We ask that the great God Almighty, with the same hands that cast the stars upon the night sky, reach down to earth to pick you up and hold you close to His bosom…and give you peace. We love you. Papa Bear & Ellen

    • That’s a beautiful sentiment. Those words are amazing.
      Thank you,
      A Nextdoor neighbor on Paula Court

  13. Loved the Shirley family. God bless and keep you all. Enjoyed playing basketball with Kay and Friend to Wilson

  14. Our sweet precious Kay will be so so missed. I remember the first time I got to speak to her on the phone. Even though we had never met and lived over 3,000 miles apart we felt as though we had always known each other by the time we hung up. Somehow my silly crazy father managed to bring this wonderful woman to my family. I have loved her dearly for well over 20 years now. She called me a couple of weeks ago and before we hung up I told her she was the most precious gift my dad ever gave me…and she still is. My heart aches for all of her family. We will see her again one day because she is with Jesus and oh how she loves Him!

  15. Kay and I worked together at IBM for many years. She was a dear dear friend and I will cherish memories of the many great times we had together. Kay was so much fun, smart, witty and loved life to the fullest. Her family was always the most important thing in her life. She had so much love for Lane, Kyle, and Rob and her sister, Marcia, and her brother, Wilson.

  16. My deepest sympathy and love to Marcia, Wilson and all the family. I have wonderful memories of growing up with Kay and playing basketball together. She brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to be her friend. The words used to describe her in the obit are how I will always remember her… smart, funny and beautiful.

  17. I love you, Kay, and I will miss you so much. You are kind and good and smart and funny and I never had a better friend. You raised a beautiful family and your goodness and strength will live on through them. Rest in peace, as you are reunited with your mama, and Ed and Bootzie, who I like to think will greet you at the gates with a wagging tail and yelps of pure joy.

  18. Kay was an endearing lady. I surely will miss her sunny disposition and smiling face at our bridge games.

  19. We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you during this tough time and you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has gained an angel!

  20. I’m so sorry for your loss. I used to angel Kay at Cherokee Squares. You are in my prayers.

  21. Kay was a warm, wonderful person, a dear friend, and I will miss her always. Condolences to her family whom she loved so much.

  22. We all thought about Kay at Red Top. She was a sweet, fun friend and I shall miss her always.

  23. We met Kay while playing bridge at the Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club. She was always a sweet a sweet and cheerful lady who we loved seeing. Our condolences to her family.

  24. Shirley had been in my regular prayers for ove?kr two years. I knew her to be funny and kind and a delight to be around.
    It was great to have her at my place the 1st & 3rd Sats each month for bridge. When she moved to Jefferson I teased her about our guest “from South Carolina” and how grateful we were for her to make such a long trek to join us. I join so many others who grieve her passing and dearly miss her. God comfort all.

  25. Kay was my Nextdoor neighbor on Paula Court. She was so kind and funny. We had similar doggies and always found something interesting to chat about.
    Loved her so much and will miss her greatly. Hope to see her on our next journey. ♥️
    Until then,
    Annelle “Beth” Anderson Garcia

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