Shirley Langston Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Shirley Langston Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Shirley Langston.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
This has been a difficult week for trailblazing women. We learned five days ago about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and today we learned of another significant loss – one that hits closer to home.
Master Shipbuilder Shirley Langston, the longest serving female shipbuilder in Newport News Shipbuilding history, passed away this morning after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Shirley followed in the footsteps of her parents and joined the shipyard on August 11, 1958, serving as an office clerk in the tool room. She reached 62 years of distinguished service this year, where she served in planning and production control for the refueling and complex overhaul program.
Shirley’s contributions to our industry are immeasurable. She paved the way for so many of us, and I will be forever grateful to have known her and to have learned from her. Her work ethic, enthusiasm, love of service – and love of boats – are some of the qualities I remember and respect the most.
Her fellow Master Shipbuilder, L.D. Joyner, reached out earlier today and summed up how many of us are feeling after hearing the sad news. “My long-time friend and co-worker, Shirley, loved the shipyard. SHE WAS AN ICON in the shipyard.”
I would like to think that because of Shirley and her six decades of dedicated service, future generations of women and men alike will be inspired to serve as she so humbly did. She was indeed an icon, and we are fortunate she chose Newport News Shipbuilding as the place to spend her entire adult life.
Please join me in remembering Shirley and in keeping her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. We’ve set up a special webpage (nns.huntingtoningalls.com/remembering-shirley-langston) with photos and articles about Shirley so that those who didn’t know her have an opportunity to learn more about our very own history-making trailblazer.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.