Shirley Lent McCollister graduated from Zanesville High School in 1956. The next year, she married her high school sweetheart, E. Scott McCollister, a 1955 ZHS graduate. Together, they have established deep and lasting roots in this community that continue to thrive today.
As a young married couple, Scott and Shirley developed a business of building and selling houses while starting their family. They would become the parents of Stephanie, Kelly, Kevin, Chad and Matt, all graduates of Zanesville High School.
Shirley would show the houses that Scott built and, one day in 1968, a friend encouraged Shirley to become a licensed Realtor. Since that year, Shirley has had a major impact on the residential and commercial real estate development of Zanesville and Muskingum County.
In 1988, Shirley became the Broker/Owner of her own real estate franchise, The Prudential-McCollister & Assoc. Realtors office at 807 Adair Avenue. She became an excellent role model for local women in business and received numerous real estate awards at the local, state and national levels. In 2004, Shirley turned the business over to her son and broker, Kevin McCollister, and the business name was changed to McCollister & Assoc. Real Estate. Shirley continues to be active in listings and sales and is a supporter of community goals.
Throughout her life, her leadership skills have been utilized by local charities and service groups as well, and in 2015, she received the Genesis Community Service Award.
Growing up and being educated in Zanesville has provided the vital foundation for Shirley’s numerous personal and professional achievements. From student, to wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Shirley Lent McCollister embodies the attributes of one of Zanesville’s finest citizens. Her long-standing support of the Zanesville City School District and to its special projects over the years makes her inclusion into the ZHS Hall of Fame an honor of distinction.