Shirley R. Brown 1924-2012
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HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Shirley took her last breath on Earth and her first breath in Heaven on this past Monday. Born in Portland, she graduated from Farmington State Teacher's College and began a long career as a Home Economics teacher. She met her husband Jack, on a blind date. They were married for 60 years before he was called home in 2010.
Shirley was a wonderful, popular teacher. Students sought out her classes because she poured so much of life's lessons into them. She started New York's first high school gourmet class for young men. It was an astounding success.
She was an avid entertainer. Parties included fancy table favors, sumptuous hors d'ouerves and of course, party games.
She was a soprano in her church choir and a member of the mission society. She ran the second-hand shop in the church and, as a retired teacher, joined Florida's literacy project.
Shirley and Jack enjoyed world travel, ballroom dancing, and each other's company. But most important to both of them was their family. They summered every year at the family camp in Maine.
She leaves behind her daughter Susan Lastowski and her husband Robert of Holyoke, her son Tom Brown and his wife, Diane of Milford, NH, her daughter Peggy Martin and her husband Steve of Amity, ME.; 14 grandchildren, Joe, Niki, Tim, Alyson, Pete, Katie, Tony, Keith, Eryn, Troy, Heather, Kyle, Paige, and Shannon; three great-grandchildren, Ivy, Kaylei, and Samantha; and many nieces, nephews and friends, including her loving caregivers at Loomis House.
Calling hours will be Friday, Sept. 21st from 11-1 p.m. at Hobert Funeral Home, 250 Suffolk St., Holyoke, Mass. Funeral Mass to follow at 1:30 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 1810 Northampton St., Holyoke. Interment will be Saturday, 11 a.m. at Forest City Cemetery, S. Portland.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the:
Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins Trust Office
175 N. Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Shirley R. Brown
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 19, 2012