Shirley Hunter
Shirley Hunter
  • May 2, 1925 - December 15, 2016
  • Fairfax, Virginia

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Shirley Millican Hunter, 91, passed on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in her home in Fairfax, Virginia. Shirley was born on May 2, 1925 in Victoria, Virginia. She was the youngest of 7 children; 6 preceded her in death. From 1943 to 1945, Shirley trained as a surgical nurse at Alexandria Hospital. As a cadet nurse in the Army Corps of Nurses she hoped to join the war effort but the war ended before her training was completed. After receiving her RN she took a job in the newborn nursery at Alexandria Hospital and worked there for 20 years, devoting her life to serving others. It was also there that she met her best friend, Frances "Meme" Buckman and later became the Godmother to Frances' granddaughter and grandson, Jean "Hank" Bailes and Keith Carper. During this time Shirley met the man who would become her husband, Herbert C. Hunter (b.1927 d.1976). Herbert and Shirley were married on July 3, 1965 at Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia. Before her marriage, she retired from nursing and, together, she and Herbert ran the Hunter Motel & Restaurant in Newington, Virginia. They raised one child, Edith "Edy" Hunter Rameika (b.1968); she was the love of their lives, and Shirley was a doting and devoted Mother. Herbert passed away unexpectedly in January of 1976, and Shirley became a single mother. Through her life Shirley was an active member of her church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia and the group of "Holy Folders" who met to fold the church bulletins once a week.

Beginning in 1989, Edy had the first of 4 children; thereby making Shirley a Grandmother 4 times over. Unsurprisingly, she excelled at her position as "Gammy." Shirley is survived by her daughter Edy (Sean) Rameika; 4 grandchildren: Roxanne (Nathaniel) Green, Nadine Hornberger, Nathan Hornberger, and Jacob Hornberger; 4 Great-Grandchildren: Nathaniel Green, IV, Isis Green, Christian Green, and Eden Green; 2 Godchildren: Jean "Hank" Bailes and Keith Carper, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Demaine Funeral Home 5308 Backlick Rd. Springfield, Virginia 22151 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 22, 2016 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church 6744 South Kings Hwy. Alexandria, Virginia 22306 at 11:00 am with burial immediately following at Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to St. Mark's Episcopal Church.