Shirley Ann Robertson Glass was born on October 22, 1936 in Nashville, Tennessee to Norman and Helen Thomas Robertson.
She attended Nashville public schools and received her high school diploma in 1954. Following graduation, she enrolled at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, later named Tennessee State University (TSU).
While at TSU, she met and married fellow student Marvin E. Glass. Both earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1959. Shortly after graduating, Shirley was offered a position at the Boeing Company and the couple moved to Seattle. Shirley was one of the first African American women to be employed as a Boeing engineer. She retired as an aerospace executive thirty years later,
The couple had two daughters, Cheryl and Sherry, born ten years apart. They were intent on introducing their daughters to diverse experiences ranging from modeling and fashion to piloting and competitive race car driving. Shirley, who was exceptionally creative, shared her love for arts and crafts and encouraged entrepreneurship. She was actively involved in their education and personal development. Family was very important to her.
After joining Mount Zion Baptist Church, she attended Sunday School Class #2 and supported youth programs. She later became involved with the Senior Citizens Ministry.
Her sense of flair and love for bright colors were reflected in her wardrobe, jewelry and meticulously designed ceramic figurines and intricate ornaments. Her hands were rarely still. She loved entertaining guests in her home. Decorations were elaborate and always focused on a theme selected especially by her. She was the ultimate hostess.
Not shy, Shirley faced her medical challenges with determination and outspoken resolve. She was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Helen, and daughter, Cheryl Linn. She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Dorothy; daughter, Sherry; three grandchildren, Aaron, Ava and Ginger; Church family; and dear friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Mount Zion Baptist Church.