February 02, 2013
Shirley Ann Nunn
Laurel Land Funeral Home and Cemetery
6000 South R. L. Thornton Freeway
Shirley Ann Langford was born on August 25, 1949, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Arthur and Lucille Cassimere Bennett. She was the only child born to this parentage. She graduated from Charlton Pollard High School in Beaumont, Texas, in 1968. Shirley went on to attend Lamar University.
Shirley moved to the Bronx, New York, after college, and lived in several places until settling in Dallas, Texas (Houston, Beaumont and Germany). Upon moving to Dallas, she continued her career of almost 25 years with the United States government, joining the Internal Revenue Service branch in 1992. During her career, she fulfilled several roles including EEO Investigator and Tax Specialist.
Shirley traveled domestically and abroad, enjoying places such as Europe and Egypt. During her trip to Egypt in 2010, Shirley experienced baptism in the Red Sea.
In early 2010, Shirley devoted much of her time to co-authoring a book with her daughter "Good Girls Don't Tell". She graciously gave her daughter, Yolanda, permission to finish the last chapter, which is the final chapter of her life. Shirley requested that the proceeds from the book's success go to a non-profit organization to purposed to uplift young girls.
Shirley's generosity was immeasurable. For years, even to her passing, she cared for eight foster children, many of which she maintained contact with after they left her home. She and her children traveled, dined, and enjoyed life to the fullest - none wanted to leave her home.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves to cherish precious memories two daughters, Dawn Griffin and Yolanda Langford; four grandchildren, Taylor Langford-Gardner, Zoe Langford, Sydney Griffin, and Ryan Langford; her special cousin-like-sister, Charlene Cassimere; her friends-like-daughters, Michelle (Kevin) Jones and Shawanna Roberts; her Ladies Good Friday Brunch group, started 15 years ago by Edith Shepard; her beloved foster children; and a host of other relatives and friends.