Vernell was the oldest child born to the parentage of Toll Britton and Lovie D. Taylor on February 15, 1931 in Tyler, TX. She attended primary school at N.W. Harlee Elementary School and completed her high school studies at Lincoln High School. She furthered her education with special training in marketing and sales. She married her devoted husband, C.S. Shorter, in 1947 and remained a caring and loving wife for 60 years.
She began her Christian journey at an early age which continued until her death. As a young adult she united with Good Street Baptist Church where she served as a faithful member under the guidance of the wise and devoted, Dr. C.A.W. Clark, Sr. and later Pastor Eddie L. Jenkins. She was a member of the Imperial Choir, Mass Choir and past director of the Baptist Training Union at Good Street Community Center. She served with the Good Street Baptist Church Special People's Ministry and was affiliated with the Good Street Social Service Center. Vernell was a member of the Southeast Dallas Business and Professional Women's Club Inc,. NAACP, YWCA and also a member of the Washington/Lincoln Alumni Association.
Vernell developed a network of lifelong friends through the Young Mothers' Needlework Club and a variety of local social clubs. She loved to travel and her outgoing personality and love of entertaining always made others feel welcomed in her home.
Vernell was ambitious, starting her professional career in door to door sales with Fuller Products. Her mentor at Fuller Products, Mr. Thomas, trained Vernell well in entrepreneurship and business management. She excelled at Fuller Products, eventually founding her own company, Vernell's Apparel in 1965. For over 45 years, she strived to bring the latest in fashion to her customers. She specialized in fashion for the full-figured woman and her slogan was..."Fashion with a personal touch." Vernell managed to build a successful business in a time when it was difficult for African-American woman to succeed as entrepreneurs.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother - Odell Taylor, and husband of sixty years, C.S. Shorter.
She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Linda F. Shanklin (Ron|deceased), DeSoto, TX, two granddaughters, Ronda Joubert (Allan), Chicago, IL and Veronica Shanklin, DeSoto, TX, and two great-granddaughters, Nyah Joubert and Ariana Joubert and a host of cousins and friends.
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Donations can be made via the internet at http://act.alz.org/goto/VeronicaShanklin or phone (214) 540-2414.