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Shirley Burnell Alling


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Shirley Burnell Alling Obituary
Shirley Burnell Alling, 93
PORTLAND - Shirley Burnell Alling, 93, died peacefully after a brief illness, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at the Gosnell Memorial Hos-pice House.
Shirley was born on Jan. 21, 1923, in Cumberland Center.
Shirley spent time in her youth on her family farm on Main Street. She helped out with the farm and she enjoyed her annual family reunions. She attended Greely High School and graduated in the Class of 1940 as the valedictorian, and went on to attend Westbrook College, graduating in 1942. She held several secretarial positions throughout her career, starting with Portland Transmission in 1955. She retired from her position as a legal secretary from Drummond & Drummond in 1997.
She enjoyed spending time with her adored family, gardening, bird watching, and catching up on her reading. Even as a child, she could identify most any bird simply by hearing their song. She was a member of the Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, and donated to several organizations.
Shirley will be remembered for her love of family, strength, and subtle stubbornness. She was a very intelligent woman and made sure everyone was always doing just what they should. Shirley was the best daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend anyone could ever ask for. Her kindness and personality helped to carry her through life with grace and spirit. Just talking to her would brighten your day, and she could always make you laugh at the most unassuming time.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Edwin N. Alling, of Portland; her parents, Perry Burnell and Lula Doughty Burnel,l of Cumberland Center; and her brother, Norman Burnell, also of Cumberland Center.
She is survived by her two children, Andrew N. Alling, of North Hero, Vt.; and Karen J. Alling of Portland; her three grandchildren, Erik N. Alling and his wife, Courtney, of Colchester, Vt.; Jesse A. Alling and his wife, Alison, of Seven Hills, Ohio; and Alysha C. Alling of Portland; and her close cousin, Claire Doughty Vining, of Cumberland. Her first great-granddaughter is expected to arrive in March 2017.
A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring of 2017. To sign Shirley's guestbook and leave memories and condolences for the family, please visit: www.advantageportland.com.







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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 28, 2016
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