Shirley's Special Batik
SHIRLEY’S Batik on silk, 20”x 16” May 2020
~ Shirley came to Guam in 1981 from Hong Kong, where all the children were born and raised. As they entered middle school they came to Guam to stay with their father who had moved here to open a scrap metal business. Once all the children had gone to the US mainland to attend college, Shirley
moved to Guam to help with her husband’s restaurant, Istimewa. In 1983, with the help of her eldest son, Edward, she opened the original Shirley’s Coffee Shop in West Agana, depicted in this painting. She later helped her daughter and sons open 3 more locations on Guam and one in Saipan. Shirley wanted to be sure that her customers always got the best quality and good portions of the food that she made, at an affordable price. She instilled a hard-work ethic in all her children, stressing that education was of the utmost importance. After completing college with engineering degrees, all of the boys gradually returned to Guam to start their own businesses. Shirley passed away in November of 2009, leaving a legacy to generations of residents who enjoyed weekly family Sunday brunches and many delicious lunches at SHIRLEY’S. Daughter, Stella (Nurse) owns Harmon Shirleys Sons: Edward, Food Wholesaler, Deceased 1987 David (Chemical & Nuclear Engineering) Shirleys Tamuning George, (Petroleum Engineer), Quality Distributors Samuel (Metalurgic Engineer), Alliance Metal Specialties Richard (Civil Engineer) Agana Shirleys Peter (Computer Engineer), VP Quality Distributors. Mama Shirley left 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.