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Dear Tom,

Shirlye is not my biological mother but you would never be able to tell if you met us. In fact, she never had any children of her own.

Shirlye adopted me as her surrogate daughter after my mom died. A little later, she took in a brother and sister when their parents passed. She also took in her nephew shortly after his father death.

The kids she took in are all grown up, so now she enjoys spending time with their children – she has 2 surrogate granddaughters and a grandson. They call her “Gaga” because she said was way too young to be called “grandma” when we had them.

Shirlye works for the university foundation of her alma mater – North Carolina A&T. She remembers what it was like being in college so she helps out students with their needs due to her loving and giving heart.

I would like to nominate her for Thursday mom and help her celebrate her big “Five-OH” on July 7th. She’d like to go to Las Vegas to relax at a spa, take in some shows and see if what happens there really does stay there.


Tanya Kirby

Thursday Morning Mom: Shirlye Grandy  was originally published on