Shirley has been a native of North Carolina most of her life, growing up in Raeford and later Kings Mountain where she has resided for the past 40+ years. She is married to Malcolm Brutko and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. She has been an employee of the Chamber for the past 15 years for Cleveland County.
She has been involved in art all of her life having won an art contest at the age of 5. She presently has signed and numbered prints, note cards, and occasionally, original paintings available for sale. She has produced 3 county note cards through the Cleveland County Chamber as well as the cover for the County map. Since 2000, Shirley has designed 3 Christmas ornaments for Kings Mountain and the ornament for the Kings Mountain National Military Park that was presented to the White House in 2007.
Shirley attended Business College in Fayetteville, North Carolina and studied art for many years under Hal Bryant at Cleveland Community College.
Shirley is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, is on the session and teaches Sunday school. She is the director of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trails, Inc. that has recently completed 5 1/2 miles of trail for biking, hiking, and picnicking that opened November of 2009. In 2010 the trail became part of the Carolina Thread Trail and in 2013 the trail was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service. She was instrumental in obtaining a historic log cabin that is now located at the museum in Kings Mountain. Shirley is a Revolutionary reenactor, is working on a historic drama production, headed the initiative for the gazebo at Patriots park and the city murals, serves on downtown revitalization for Kings Mountain, & Travel & Tourism for the County.
Shirley received the Distinguished Women’s award for Cleveland County in 2008 and the Spirit of Kings Mountain award in 2009.