Shirley Spellerberg was born and educated in Waco, Texas. Shirley married her late husband, USAF pilot Herman R. Spellerberg, while he was on leave from PanAm Airlines. When Herman returned from his tour of duty in Korea and returned to PanAm, he and Shirley resided in Pasadena, where they lived for 7 years. Herman was transferred to Miami Florida where they resided for several years.
While in Miami Shirley hosted a conservative talk radio program called "Speak Out Miami." Shirley also spent two years on television as a conservative counterpoint to her liberal feminist co-host on the weekly show "To The Point." In addition, she was a member of the Florida State Republican Executive Committee.
Shirley and Herman returned to Texas in 1979 when Herman retired from PanAm. Since then she has been active in numerous pursuits including the Denton County Republican Party (since 1980); The Denton Republican Women's Club, where she served as president three time (presently Legislative Chair); Denton County Republican Assembly (Program Chair), Shirley was elected to the SREC in 1998 and served as long as term limits would allow, until 2006. While President of the Florida Federation of Women for Responsible Legislation, Shirley helped lead the successful fight against the Equal Rights Amendment from 1972-1979.
In 1996 Shirley led the floor fight to have Initiative and Referendum removed from the Republican Party of Texas Platform - all the while serving as Mayor of Corinth, Texas from 1983-2001 (with a break between 1989 and 1990).
Shirley has been a member of national Eagle Forum from the beginning as well as a member of Texas Eagle Forum and Dallas Eagle Forum. Shirley is also a Life member of the NRA. She is a long-time Christian conservative activist.
Shirley is the mother of two married sons and is a grandmother to a wonderful granddaughter.