Shirley F. Gort, 76, of Severn passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023 after a brief illness.
Shirley was born in 1946 in Anniston, Alabama to Fred & Catheren England. Her father was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II and continued to serve in the Air Force throughout Shirley’s childhood. This afforded Shirley the opportunity to see the world, living in Scotland, Texas, and, after graduating from McCollum High School in San Antonio, Japan. While in Japan, she met her future husband Arthur Gort who was also serving in the Air Force. They married in 1966 and remained together until his death in 2009.
Shirley loved to travel throughout her life. As a military spouse, she focused on providing a loving and stable home as the family moved from Nebraska, Alaska, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, and Greece before landing in Maryland. She enjoyed cross-country road trips and flying to visit her sons in Minnesota and California. She also shared memorable cruise vacations throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.
Shirley was an avid baseball fan who cheered passionately for the Baltimore Orioles since 1981. Her favorite player changed over the years, from Billy Ripken to Ryan Mountcastle. Her birthday wish every year was to see a game at Camden Yards where she decked herself head-to-toe in Orioles gear and cheered loudly for her team, win or lose.
Shirley is predeceased by her husband Arthur Gort, her parents Fred & Catheren England, and her sister Nancy Hancock. She is survived by her children Theresa Wood (David), Thomas Gort (Caroline), and Christopher Gort; her six grandchildren Nathaniel Wood (Cameron), Meredith Gorman (Daniel), Charlotte Longobardi (Matthew), Max Gort, Collin Gort, and Ash Gort; her great-granddaughter Bay; her brother Fred England; and, many extended family members. She loved her neighbors and could not imagine living anywhere else.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. All Services and Inurnment will be held at a later date privately. Arrangements were beautifully handled by the Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, PA, Glen Burnie, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.