Born: December 01, 1951
Died: June 10, 2013
On June 10, 2013 God called our beloved mother Shirley Mae Washington-Galvin home to be with Him. Her devoted daughter remained at her bedside and held her hand as she took her final breath to ensure she transitioned with dignity and in comfort and was not alone. Shirley was always a fighter. As an educator, she fought to provide her learning and behavior disabled children the best education possible. Often times, in addition to being a single mother, she often had to feed her students too because “you can’t learn on an empty stomach.” She was the original school breakfast program. As a domestic violence coordinator, she fought to provide a safe haven for women and their children who had fled to her shelter looking for a safe place to start over. As a victim advocate, she stood before judges to ensure that abused and battered women had their fair day in court. As a mom, she fought everything and everybody that dared to threaten the health or happiness of her children. On the Friday preceding her passing, she verbalized that she was done fighting and had “enough.” And so on Monday her fight was finished.
Though we know we will see her again, she leaves behind many cherished memories of moments shared with those who absolutely adored her. Her grandchildren, Myesha L. Galvin, Tiana W. Buford, Tristin T. Galvin, Imani A. Buford, Shelby Buford III, and Kendall A. Buford; and, her children, Anthony (Crystal) Galvin, Chicago, IL and Yolonda (Shelby) Buford, Mitchellville, MD. We have received a tremendous amount of love and support from our family and friends and we welcome you to continue to share any memories, photos or words of encouragement.
Mom, until we meet again, may you continue to rest in the peace you deserve and keep watch over those you leave behind to carry on the fight.