Shirley Mae Sanford

Shirley Sanford

Shirley Mae Sanford

On June 16, 1933 in Echo, LA God blessed the late Edward and Mary Ann Sampson with a beautiful daughter named Shirley. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized.  Shirley was educated in the La Marque Public Schools graduating from Lincoln High School, as the Salutatorian of her class.  Lovingly called "Big Mama and Ms. Shirley", she opened her arms and her home to the children of the neighborhood providing a safe haven while their parents worked.  She was the neighborhood seamstress and loved talking on her CB Radio under the handle of "Lady Gemini". 

Shirley departed this earthly life Saturday, September 19, 2015 at her home.  She is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Venita Jo Webb Thornton and her sister, Wilma Jean Lee. 

She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving husband of 35 years, Leroy Sanford;  a devoted daughter and caretaker, Valerie Slaughter ( a special son in law, Mark Williams); sons, Virgil Scott and Vernon Webb;  loving grandchildren, Johnnytra Randle (Cory Robinson),  Kerrick Webb Taylor, Curtis Thornton Jr., V'Indre Webb, Tre'vauzhae' Webb, V'Asia Webb, Madison Webb, Vernon Webb Jr., and  V'Jae Webb; great  grandchildren, Lamont Woods Jr., Symone' Woods and Carter Thornton and many other relatives and friends. 

A Public Viewing Service will be held  Saturday, September 26, 2015 beginning at 9:00 AM followed by A Celebration of Her Life at 11:00 AM.  Both Services will be held at Carnes Funeral Home Chapel 3100 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX 77591.  Burial will follow at Rising Star Cemetery, La Marque, TX.  Memorial may be sent to the Funeral Home.