Shirley Ann Broaddus Callis, 81, of Newport News, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 surrounded by her family at Sentara CarePlex Hospital.
She was born and raised in Gloucester, to the late Willie and Annie Broaddus, and was a graduate of Botetourt High School.
In 1961 she and her husband, Allen, planted their roots in the Ivy Farms neighborhood of Newport News. Shirley was raised in Newington Baptist Church, was a former member of Deer Park Baptist and Ivy Farms Baptist Church, and was a current member of Temple Baptist Church.
Shirley’s greatest joy was loving and caring for her husband, her daughters, their spouses, and her grandchildren. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and teaching Sunday School at the Newport Convalescent Center. The most awe-inspiring gift she ever received was the Light of Jesus Christ. She was faithful in trusting Him through prayer, to take care of herself and others. Shirley took any and every opportunity to witness, project, and instill her love for Jesus, His Word, and His Salvation into everyone she met.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Allen “Mike” Callis; daughters, Sheila and Stan Stallings, Ella Darlene and Marty Clebowicz, Allena and Jeff Whippo, Julie and Scott Olsen; sister, Audrey and Lionel Jordan; grandchildren, John Allen (Desiree), Mary Katherine (Joshua), Julie (Farley), Bobby (Casey), Stanley, Alan (Katie), Samantha, Daryn, Emma, Zachary and Sarah, and great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Elizabeth, Sophia, Analeigh, and Kinsley.
A special thanks to the emergency room and 4-ICU staff at Sentara CarePlex Hospital, nurses Melani Lacondazo and Belle Florendo, Dr. Walter D. Dixon (ER), Dr. Nabeel Mohamed and Dr. Edu Mohammed for the compassionate and tender care they gave to Shirley and her family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Newport News. A time of visitation and fellowship will immediately follow the service at the church. A public graveside service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. in Windsor Gardens Cemetery, Dutton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700 Huntington Ave., Newport News, Va. 23607; www.prm.info.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.