Shirley R. Simeon

March 31, 2013 

Shirley R. Simeon of Chicago, IL, an accomplished writer and mother of Durham lawyer, Mark Simeon, passed away in her sleep.

A memorial in her honor will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the chapel at The Clare at Water Tower, 55 E. Pearson St, Chicago, IL at 11AM, reception to follow. RSVP Mark Simeon at 919-599-4896 or

Born October 13, 1923, Shirley Rita Green attended Fisk, Loyola, the University of Chicago, and The Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities. At Fisk, Shirley pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

In 1945, Shirley married Leo Simeon, whose family included professional jazz musicians, business entrepreneurs, a Tuskegee Airman, and an educator who became the eventual namesake of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. Shirley and Leo had two sons. The eldest, Quentin, a computer engineer in Naperville, predeceased her in death. Mark is a practicing trial lawyer based in Durham, North Carolina.

Shirley R. Simeon, Ph.D is survived in death by her son, Mark (Fern); her granddaughters Rachel and Allison; grandsons, Chuncie and Steven Simeon; great grandson, Jayden; sister, Patricia; nephews, David and Lawrence; cousins, Monica and Cecelia; and Simeon in-laws in Los Angeles, Oregon, Detroit and France.

Contributions in Shirley's memory may be donated to MOREHOUSE COLLEGE. Designate “Class of ’79 Endowed Scholarship Fund” online at

Visit photo galleries at (search: shirley r simeon) and follow her legacy on Twitter @shirleyrsimeon.

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