After a long and full life, Shirley Parker Warren passed away peacefully on September 22, 2018, just one week short of her 90th birthday.
Shirley was born in Westborough Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children. She was a talented and independent woman. As an accomplished and award winning artist, Shirley taught art to many students in Westborough and hosted an annual art show to showcase the works of artists in the community. In fact, Shirley taught her own mother, who was 80 at the time, to paint, proving you are never too old to learn a new talent. In her twenties, Shirley traveled to Europe to study art. She was a professional seamstress and later in life became a licensed optician. Without a doubt, Shirley was the greatest Red Sox fan that ever lived.
In her late twenties, Shirley met the man of her dreams, Jim Warren, and they were soon married. Soon after, they had their first child, Dan, and two years later, Judi came along. In 1968, they packed their bags and relocated to Miami, Florida, where they raised their family. Judi later married John Zito, Dan married Amy Knutzen and Jim and Shirley were blessed with their beloved grandchildren: Carina, Tesi, Cara, Lindsy, Justin and JP. Shirley beamed with pride at the recent birth of her great-granddaughter, Taylor Elizabeth, as well as the upcoming marriage of Carina to her fiancé, Danny Troy.
After an early retirement, Jim and Shirley enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling all over the world. They spent many years in the Florida Keys where their days were spent boating and fishing. Shirley was an active member of the Marathon Garden Club and was once crowned the Key Lime Pie Queen for her recipe. Their greatest hobby, however, was doting over their grandchildren.
While they had moved many miles away, their love for Maine, where they had vacationed for years, remained strong. In 1985, they bought a summer home in Milbridge Maine on Bar Island where they spent an ever-increasing amount of time. They became an integral part of their tiny community, and after Jim’s passing in 2004, it was this community that surrounded Shirley with love. She busied herself with gardening, cooking, reading and puzzles. She welcomed guests to her home frequently, keeping them well fed with her homemade bread and jams, as well as vegetables from her garden. Each year without fail, their children and grandchildren came to visit Maine creating a lifetime of memories for all.
In keeping with her wishes, Shirley’s ashes will be taken to Maine next summer where she will join her husband, Jim, in the beautiful waters outside of their home. Her family will host a celebration of her life at that time and we will welcome those who loved Shirley to join us.
In addition, during the 14 years that Shirley lived at the Shellpoint Retirement Community, she made many friends. A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future so the friends in this community can honor her memory.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Gateway Milbridge, the town that was so central to her life. Donations are used to revitalize and beautify the community and can be made in memory of Shirley Warren by check sent to:
PO Box 62
Milbridge, ME 04658
Or by credit card at the following website: http://www.milbridgetheater.org/please-donate.html