Obituary of Shirley Lake
The sunrise of Shirley Ellis Lake was on April 18, 1935 in New York City to sunset on June 14, 2020 in Manahawkin, NJ. Shirley attended Public School 103 Elementary School and Public School 159 Junior High School, both in Harlem. She graduated from Washington-Irving High School in 1952. Shirley was the youngest of four children to Joshua and Thelma “Big Ma” Ellis. She was predeceased by: her loving husband, Richard Lake; brothers, Bernard “Snookie” Ellis, Walter Ellis and his wife, Carolyn; and sister, Nola Mae Jones and her husband, Howard. Shirley grew up in a close-knit family on 118th Street in New York City. Her family home life was never dull, and her house was always full, full of love as well as people. Anyone who needed a place to stay, either passing through, or for an extended stay, Shirley’s home was the place to go. Shirley was introduced to her loving husband, Richard Maurice Lake Sr., ”Big Rich”, by his cousin, Margaret “Gumps” Davis. Against advisement from some of her family, they were married on July 9, 1960. From this beautiful union two children were born, Richard Jr. and Rhonda. Shirley worked at New York Telephone Company for thirty-eight years up until her retirement. She began her next career at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York as an Administrative Assistant, where she worked for nine years up until her retirement from there. During that time, she embraced her entrepreneurial spirit by partnering in business ventures with her husband. Together, they owned their own private trucking company named R&S Trucking, in addition to a laundromat in the Bronx called S&R Laundromat. In the most recent years, she also worked at the local Shoprite to keep herself busy. Shirley was an active member of AARP in Ocean County and the Golden Circle of Atlantic County in South Jersey, Inc. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey. If you knew Shirley, you’d know her favorite pastime was to frequent The Borgata casino. In her normal giving spirit, she would often encourage family and friends to share some of her Borgata benefits of hotel stays and buffet dinners. She enjoyed and took pride in staying up on current events, often reading the newspaper from cover to cover, and religiously watching the morning, afternoon, evening, and late-night news. She loved watching television talk shows like Oprah, The View, and Tamron Hall. She also enjoyed family gatherings and inviting the world to any and every event, even events that weren’t hers. The more people around, the merrier. Shirley was always willing to help anyone that was in need, almost never saying no when someone asked for something. Shirley leaves to cherish her memories: son, Richard Lake Jr. (Karen); daughter, Rhonda White (Mark); six grandchildren, Jessica, Gerard, Grant, Amaysia, Isaiah, and Laila; two great grandchildren, Destiny and Renee; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Shirley is also survived by her first cousin, friend, confidant and brother, Leon Bryant Sr. She will be interred next to her beloved husband, Richard, in a private service in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hastings on Hudson, New York. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey. Saturday, Jun 20th - Viewing from 8:00 - 8:30 am | Service 8:30 - 9:30 am | 9:30 am - depart to Mt. Hope Cemetery | Barney T. McClanahan Funeral Home, 30 Winthrop Avenue, New Rochelle, New York. The funeral home can only accommodate a small number of guests. As such, we will be streaming the service. Please use the following link and join at least 10 minutes before (7:50 am). We will also record and share at a later time. Zoom meeting - https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8480584024?pwd=dFVqemNidFNiRktvemxmWEgzVURIQT09 . Your audio will be muted. We ask that you remain on mute throughout the service. There are NO limitations on the number of guests at the cemetery. If you would like to join the caravan, please arrive at the funeral home no later than 9:15 am. The restrooms at the cemetery will be closed due to COVID-19 Repast will be held at Ground Floor Coworking - 547 North Avenue, New Rochelle NY after the committal Masks are required at the funeral home, burial site and repast.