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Shirley McGhee

Shirley Jean McGhee (McKnight)

Apr 11, 1940 - Aug 12, 2020
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Shirley McKnight McGhee, the first born of Lillie Mae McKnight Royster and Lee Thomas, came into this world on April 11, 1940, in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Early in life she accepted Christ in the Baptist Church tradition. Although born in North Carolina, she spent her formative years in Baltimore City. She was educated in the Baltimore City School System. Born to Shirley are her daughters Shirnell Lowe and Sheronda Krug. In 1966, she met a sailor, Durrell McGhee, Sr., at Baltimore's Inner Harbor whom she married. It was love at first sight and he whisked her away to Toledo, Ohio. From this union, Durrell, Jr. was born. Her extended family still resides in Baltimore and welcomed her once annual visits.

For nearly 40 years, she was employed at Libbey Glass. Over the years, the extended family anticipated what type of glass she would send for birthdays and holidays. Those glasses included bi-centennial glasses in red, white and blue; beer steins with a woman's silhouette; and glasses in various shapes and unique colors. In addition to special gifts from her employer, she was a masterful knitter and provided blankets and baby clothes for the birth of babies in the family and special occasions such as graduations. She was a master chef, no matter the dish you wanted more. As a long time Baltimore resident, she could not survive without the Maryland blue crab. When she arrived at the airport, a cooler of crabs accompanied her in the back seat as she traveled to see relatives and a cooler joined her as she traveled back home. She had a sense of humor like no other and an infectious laugh that lit the room. If she gave you a nickname, it was a term of endearment.

She departed this life on August 12, 2020. She leaves to mourn her brother Donald McKnight and two sisters Jacqueline (James) Nealy and Betty (Clarence) Baynes. In addition to her children and her siblings, she leaves behind six grandchildren and they are Myron McKnight, Kelsey Glover, Kyle Glover, Ebony McKnight, Jessica Krug, Ronae' Poindexter, Kaiya McGhee and her last surviving uncle Robert (Elizabeth) Butler. In her final days, Teresa Miles served as an extraordinary caregiver and was of great support to the family. There are a host of great¬grandchildren and other relatives that she leaves behind to cherish her memory.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    August 22, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    August 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    Address
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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  • Service

    August 22, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    August 22, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    Address
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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Carrieann Tackett

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With deepest sympathy, in my thoughts and prayers ~ Carrieann Tackett
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You will truly be missed Auntie Shirley. Love LaTonia Duncan and the Nealy Family
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Gwendolyn E.March Jones

Posted at 01:25pm
May your heart find comfort knowing that your love one is at home with the Lord
Love Gwendolyn E.March Jones & Family
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Grace McCown

Posted at 05:57pm
TO THE FAMILY OF SHIRLEY MCGEE. YOU ALL ARE IN MY PRAYERS. AND HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY. SHE WAS A WELL LOVED PERSON TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. SHE WILL BE GRAVELY MISSED. GRACE BLACKSHEAR MCCOWN
 
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Tonia E Duncan Posted at 06:11am

Dear Auntie, I’m still in disbelief but have solace in knowing that your in a better place now & that God has the finally say. Gone but never forgotten. Love, Tonia
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