Barbara Helen McShane, 87
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PORTLAND -- Barbara Helen McShane, 87, of Portland, died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1925, in Portland, the daughter of Frederick E. and Bridget Hernon Manchester. She attended St. Dominic's Grammar School and Portland High School.
Barbara worked at the Columbia Market during the 1940s. Each day she rode a Taxi to work. The taxi driver became her future husband John. She married John V. McShane on Aug. 8, 1949, at St. Dominic's Church. Following her marriage she began raising a family and was a stay at home mother until her children were in school. She returned to work in the mid 1960s as a hostess at the Splendid Restaurant until 1976. In 1976 she accepted a hostess position at Valley's restaurant until she retired in 1999.
Barbara moved to 10 Congress Square Plaza when it opened and was their longest resident. Her greatest joy in recent years was spending time with her three great grandsons. Since 2004 her loving granddaughter Courtney was her primary caregiver.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband John in 1971; a sister, Maureen Frisco and a brother, Vincent F. Manchester. Barbara is survived by two daughters, Deborah McShane Nevers of South Portland,
Barbara Helen McShane
and Kimberly McShane Drake of South Portland; a sister Christina Franco of Portland; four grandchildren, Courtney Chadbourne and husband Ron of South Portland, Bridget Nevers of South Portland, John Drake of Portland, and Ashley Drake of South Portland; three great- grandchildren, William Chadbourne, Henry Chadbourne and Oliver Chadbourne, all of South Portland; and four nephews, Mark Franco and his wife Tammy of Falmouth, Kevin Franco of Arizona, Michael Franco of Parsonsfield, and Paul Frisco of South Portland.
Visitation will be held from 9- 11 a.m. on Friday, followed by an 11 a.m. service at Conroy- Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.ctcrawford.com.
Those desiring may
make donations to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
Care of Hospice of Southern Maine
180 U.S. Route One
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 8, 2013