Pick Up The Clay

A Policeman's Life Journey

About the Author

Shirley Elaine Stanelle

Author Shirley Stanelle, wife of Ken Stanelle, has had a life full of amazing adventures herself.  


A Policeman's wife, mother of four, small business owner and entrepreneur many times over, porcelain clay artist, award winning watercolor artist, founder of the Paradise Memorial Garden, community and church philanthropist, and author; Shirley is still going strong at  90 years young.


Shirley resides in Pueblo West, Colorado near many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She is currently working on her next book - her memoirs - titled "Rich Girl, Poor Girl, Rich Girl".

  • Author, Shirley Stanelle
    Author, Shirley Stanelle
  • The Paradise Memorial Garden, founded in 2001.
    The Paradise Memorial Garden, founded in 2001.
  • A beautiful community park brought to life out of the desert.
    A beautiful community park brought to life out of the desert.
  • Shirley sponsors an Annual Student Art Contest.
    Shirley sponsors an Annual Student Art Contest.
  • Sharing secrets with her great-grandchildren.
    Sharing secrets with her great-grandchildren.
  • One of Shirley's watercolor paintings.
    One of Shirley's watercolor paintings.
  • Shirley's watercolor of great-granddaughter, Sofia.
    Shirley's watercolor of great-granddaughter, Sofia.
  • One of Shirley's award winners.
    One of Shirley's award winners.
  • Shirley's watercolor painting of grandson, Julian.
    Shirley's watercolor painting of grandson, Julian.
  • Shirley's watercolor of historic fishing boat from Lake Superior.
    Shirley's watercolor of historic fishing boat from Lake Superior.
  • Shirley enjoys a little beach time at her family cabin on Lake Superior.
    Shirley enjoys a little beach time at her family cabin on Lake Superior.
Author, Shirley Stanelle
Author, Shirley Stanelle