Shirley grew up on the Bryan family farm in Grants Lick, KY. She started working in funeral service after retiring as a school teacher. Assisting at the funeral home was a natural fit for Shirley due to a rich family history in funeral service. Her grandparents and father had worked in funeral service; her brother, Marvin Bryan is the Funeral Home Manager for Alexandria Funeral Home; her nephew, Daniel Bryan has worked as a funeral director in both Kentucky and Florida; her late husband, Dave Obel was a well respected funeral director and embalmer for many years until his death in 2014. Shirley is a faithful member of Grants Lick Baptist Church. During her free time she enjoys golf, cooking, playing dominoes, and spending time with family.