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Shirley needs your support

About 8 years ago, Shirley was diagnosed with diabetes. Over the years, this disease has caused a progressive deterioration of her overall health including partial vision loss. In March, Shirley was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure.

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November 10, 2022


It's been 8 years since Shirley AKA The Hat Lady from Texas, has had a kidney transplant. It has been detected that now on her native kidney there is a spot and must be removed. Due to a bad case of Covid her stability has become limited and she must use a wheelchair and walker at times but her determination is to continue to work for the people aged, handicap, disabled. Physical challenge and the voiceless.

Shirley has been married to Stewart for 40+ yrs. They have 2 wonderful adopted children, Doneta and Ereka. Stewart's three biological sons which she considers her children, two brothers, one sister and two goddaughters. 14 grandchildren and one new grandson she wishes to be able to continue to grow with.

Surgery to remove it will take place in 2023 at Baylor University Medical Center/Dallas Transplant Institute. Until then she will be closely watched by all doctors and continuing increased medications. Shirley is determined to live. The family is in dire need of a vehicle due to the extreme traveling back and forth. At the present they have a 1999 Ford expedition which is no longer in the best shape for surely to be traveling back and forth. If anyone has a vehicle they would like to donate it would be much appreciated. It must be able to carry medical equipment such as wheelchairs, bath chair, walker, etc

Shirley is the local president of the negro Business and Professional Women's Club of Midland Inc.

She's a life member of the National Association of the Negro Business and Professional Community Leader

Chairperson of the Midland Park and Recreation Commissioner Board.

Salvation Army Board locally

Midland Rotary Club District 5730.

Life member of the National Girl Scouts

Life member of the National Education Association retiree

Past president of the local NAACP

Past vice president of the National Education Black Caucus

Past chair of the National Association Physical Challenge Committee

Shirley continues to serve on many boards and committees local, region, state, and national.

To name a few American Red Cross, Texas Teacher Retiree Commission, Midland Citizen Police Academy

An advocate for great public schools and concerned about children, physical challenge children, educators

Shirley wishes to continue her hard work with her community, State and National by serving on boards and committees. Shirley has attended 20-plus years to local city council meeting and recently has missed five meetings due to her health issues.

This can happen with your prayers and support.

Due to the extraordinary expense of transplantation, funding this life saving operation is a monumental task. Even with medical insurance, there are numerous uninsured medically related expenses such as healthcare deductions, co-pays, and immunosuppressant medications.

This presents a challenge the Howard family cannot meet alone.

Shirley recently received several recognitions from churches in her community and the national sojourner Truth award by the negro Business and Professional Women's Club


"I can do all things through Jesus Christ which strengthens me"

If death comes it will find me continually working for the people.

Shirley thanks each and every one for their prayers and contribution to this campaign in advance.


April 7, 2023

Onward Shirley always blessed!

Leslie Richards

December 7, 2022

My friend and most tough!

Leslie Richards

December 2, 2022

God bless you Shirley!!

John Love