Betty Geneva Moree Shirah, age 72, of Port Saint Joe, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.


Betty is survived by her son, David C. Shirah, Jr., his wife Sivi, and their three children, Macey, Cannon, and Dayton; her daughter, Laura Leigh Shirah; her brother, Michael D. Moree, his wife Linda Moree; and many special nieces and nephews.


Betty was born on July 11, 1947 in Brunswick, Georgia to Martin Van Buren Moree and Lota Geneva Barbee (Neva Moree) also known as “Granny.”


Betty was beautiful, smart, loving, generous, selfless to a fault, loyal, and just plain good.


She loved to read. I think when she was immersed in a good book it made her forget the real world even if only for a brief moment.


She loved to cook. She was such a good cook some may agree that on a good day she could have given Paula Deen a run for her money. I think when she cooked it wasn’t for the basic principle of feeding her family but in her eyes, she was feeding their souls. And man could she bake. Her cornbread laced with corn, cheese, and jalapeņos, would make you want to “slap your mama.”


She was funny. So damn funny without even trying. While some may not know this, she was also incredibly adventurous. Even though in her later years her body wouldn’t allow her to go on the adventures she sought out, she loved to talk about them.


She never met a stranger, not ever. She was a caregiver by nature and I think it was truly one of her qualities that stands out the most. Although she gave birth to two children she mothered many others in her lifetime. It is rare to meet a niece or nephew that didn’t spend time at “Aunt Betty’s” house at some time in their lives.


Those are some of the best stories I have heard is how “Aunt Betty” saved them in one way or another. Whether it was cooking for them, making sure they had food to eat at home, or simply giving them LOVE. Later in life she was also a caregiver to the elderly that lived in a 55 and older community that she lived in while she lived in Michigan. She made sure the people she took care of had their meds, groceries, and made it to their medical appointments. She also took them to the movies and on road trips. She made sure those people that didn’t get regular visits from their families felt loved and appreciated. She was so good at taking care of people that she even won a community award in Burton, MI. If you asked her about the award she would shrug it off and just say that helping people was the least she could do.


Thank you Mom for giving my brother and I life and for sacrificing yourself often. Thank you for being you!


Betty will be missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. We will always love and miss you Mom “Aunt Betty.” May you not only have found the peace you have so longed for and deserved but may you also be all that you couldn’t be in this life. I hope you are with Granny, Roxy, and all of your other friends and loved ones, until we meet again.


Our family would like to give a special thanks to all of the caregivers at Cross Shores Care Center in Port Saint Joe, FL for taking such good care of Betty and for giving her so much love. We would also like to thank Covenant Care for all of the extra care they provided to Betty during her time of need.


Family, friends, and others whose lives Betty touched are invited to Indian Pass Campground, 2817 Indian Pass Rd., Port Saint Joe, Fl for a celebration of Betty’s Peace, 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14, 2019.