Shirley Tower died on Monday, May 22, after a long and vibrant life. She was born in New York City on June 3, 1917, the daughter of Frederic and Mary Sue Cummins Leake.
She grew up Nashville, Tennessee, where she acquired Southern charm and Southern manners. She graduated from Ward Belmont School (now Harpeth Hall ) in Nashville and met her husband, John, while he attended Exeter Phillips Academy and roomed with her brother, Teddy. They were married in Nashville on February 10, 1940.