Nov. 19, 1936 — April 24, 2019
Shirley M. Ware, the widow of the Rev. Albert C. Ware, pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, who was very active in church ministries in Buffalo and nationally, died Wednesday in Promedica Toledo Hospital in Ohio. She was 82.
The former Shirley Mae Carter was the firstborn of the late Virginia and Walter Carter in Toledo. She was a teller for the First National Bank, and also worked in the personal banking center and new accounts department.
She married Mr. Ware in 1973, and immediately became involved in the ministry in his church, the Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church of Toledo. She was treasurer of the United Missionary Baptist Association, and participated in many community organizations such as the Council of Churches and was a member of the executive board of the Toledo branch of the NAACP.
Mrs. Ware moved to Buffalo in 1978 with her husband when he became the pastor of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where she was involved in many church auxiliaries.
She served as secretary of the Mother’s Board and M.J. Jenkins Missionary Circle, treasurer of the A.C. Ware Angelic Choir, member of the United Choir and one of the supervisors of the Junior Choir.
Mrs. Ware's church activities took her to the local, district, state and national levels.
She held the title of queen of the National Baptist Convention Minister’s Wives and Widows Auxiliary in 1981 and 1982.
She regularly attended the Empire State Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention USA. She served as third vice president of the Minister’s Wives and Widows of the Empire State Baptist Convention of New York. Mrs. Ware also attended numerous seminars and workshops of the National Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA.
She served as president of the Western District Baptist Association Minister’s Wives and Widows and was president of Wives and Widows of Buffalo and Vicinity for 10 years, and in May of 2003 she was honored with a proclamation from the mayor of Buffalo.
She joined the board of directors of the Friendship Manor and the A.C. Ware Manor property of Friendship Baptist Church Senior Apartments in 2004.
After her husband died, she became a teacher aide and library assistant in 1998 School No. 38 Frank Sedita Academy.
She moved back to Toledo in 2006 and joined the Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, where she was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” in 2012.
Survivors include her sister, Lillian Truss; two daughters, Venus R. Chapman and Antoinette Chapman, a son, McKinney E. Chapman III; two stepchildren from her marriage to Mr. Ware, Judy Harris and Albert C. Ware; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where she will lie in state as former First Lady on Thursday, followed by services at noon Friday. She'll be laid to rest next to her late husband in Forest Lawn cemetery.