Shirley was born in Ottawa with family ties in the Pakenham/Arnprior area. Country music has always played a part in her life from the times, as a young girl, when she sang and tap-danced while her Dad sang and played the guitar to entertain the War Veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Ottawa.
After living in California for 15 years and having two children, Shirley returned to the Ottawa Valley, settling on what she calls her "little piece of God's acreage" in the Pakenham mountains and becoming an active volunteer in many country-music-related organizations such as the Arnprior Legion, the Pakenham Recreation Committee, the Pakenham 5-Span Jam and Heritage Radio. In addition, she has volunteered with the Mississippi Mills Waste Management Committee and the Pakenham Civitan Club.
Shirley joined the Board of Directors of The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and has served several terms as President as well as acting as the Board's Communications and Marketing representative.
In her private life, Shirley is the proud great-grandmother of twin baby girls.