Midland mourns passing of 'formidable leader and activist' Shirley Howard

Midland mourns passing of ‘formidable leader and activist’ Shirley Howard

The Midland community is in mourning following the recent passing of Shirley Howard, who Mayor Lori Blong described as the “heart and soul” of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland (NBPWC) and a “committed exemplar in our city.”

“Individually and through her leadership in the NBPWC, Howard looked to create awareness and advocated for resources for those in south and east Midland,” Mayor Blong said. “She was a mentor for many and role model for generations of Midlanders, now leaving behind family and so many friends who were blessed to know her.”

Councilmember John Norman described Howard as a formidable leader and activist who dedicated countless hours to uplifting those around her while advocating for justice and equality. Under her leadership, the NBPWC gained a reputation for providing vital services to African American women professionals. he said.

“She possessed an innate ability to connect with others, offering solace, guidance, and encouragement to all who crossed her path,” he said. “Her kindness knew no bounds, and her impact on the lives of those she touched will be felt for years to come.”

Michael Booker, member of the Midland ISD school board, echoed those sentiments, saying she left “an indlible mark on our community.”

“Her kindness, wisdom, and passion for nurturing young and seasoned minds will be deeply missed,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Howard and her loved ones as they navigate this loss.”

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