Shirley Jean (Dunbar) McElvene was born February 2, 1948 to Marcella (Waxton) and Booker T. Dunbar in Biloxi, Mississippi. She departed this life on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Shirley attended Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was a part of the Majorette Team. She was joined in holy matrimony to Stephen McElvene, Sr. in 1968 and unto this union three children was born.
She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She was employed by St. Joseph Hospital for 33 years, Shirley really enjoyed playing bingo at Metro, Speedway and Coliseum Bingo halls.
She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Dawn McElvene; two sons, Steven McElvene and Eric McElvene all of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Hakeem McElvene, Kadeem McElvene, RaSheda McElvene, Rasheem McElvene, Arrieonia McElvene, Ziel McElvene and Terran McElvene; three brothers, Booker T. Dunbar, Jr., John (Gussie) Dunbar and Leroy Dunbar; three sisters, Costella Dunbar, Hattie Dunbar and Theresa Dunbar; sister-in-law, Bertha "Dee Dee" Dunbar; one aunt, Mary Waxton; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Booker T. and Marcella Dunbar; brother, Charles E. Dunbar, and grandson, Steven McElvene II
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