Shirley R. Collins is the oldest daughter of Rafe and Alice Monroe-Collins. Shirley was married to Ernest Bigelow. Five (5) children where born unto this marriage, Dena, Shiral, Ernest Jr., Lisa, and Frank Bigelow. Shirley remarried and gave birth to a sixth child, Angela Kelley.
One of Shirley's favorite things in life was being a mother. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning and ironing (really), fishing, slot machines and being a homemaker, all while she was employed full-time as a manager with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Giving marriage one last try, Shirley married Leonard (Najeeb) Robinson, a professional blues singer and guitar player. Shirley's love for children and motherhood was so strong that shortly after her retirement from the IRS she and Leonard adopted three (3) children.