Shirley Ann Tainter Stanton, a native of Memphis, Tenn., and a lifelong resident of both Mobile and Baldwin County, died Saturday, April 14, 2007.

She graduated from The Providence Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse and later graduated from The University of Mobile with a B.S. degree in nursing. She worked at several medical facilities before she began teaching in the Practical Nursing Program at Southwest State Technical College where she retired after teaching for over 30 years. She won Teacher of The Year Award several times and The Outstanding Career Woman Award for the Mobile Area in 1984. She enjoyed playing the piano since childhood. She lived in Lake Forest for 29 years and enjoyed many days playing golf.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Joe and Shirley Tainter, sister Sarah Wigton, and daughter, Melanie Stanton Lott.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, William Ray Stanton; son, Clayton F. Turnage; grandson, Joseph Maxwell Turnage of Jackson, Miss.

Funeral services and visitation were held Thursday, April 19 at Eastern Shore Baptist Church. Interment followed at Jubilee Memorial Gardens.

Visitation was held Wednesday, April 18 at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home.

The family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101

Arrangements were made by Wolfe-Bayview Funearl Homes & Crematory Inc., Daphne.