In the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand's February 2008 Newsletter, Shirley Smith is given mention in the Obitiary section:
"Shirley Smith was born 10 October 1916 died in Wellington on 29 December 2007 aged 91 years, She was a lawyer, widow of Bill Sutch and long-time supporter of ALRANZ. In her obituary in the Dominion Post of 17 January the headline sums up her career in the law as ‘Smith sought justice for all’ and that included the impoverished and the marginalised such as the gangs. Black Power and Mongrel Mob members performed a moving haka at her funeral. She maintained a keen interest in ALRANZ affairs until failing health limited her activities in recent years."