OBITUARY: Shirley Ann Silver-Shaw, 81

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Shirley Ann Silver-Shaw, age 81, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on January 2, 2022.

Shirley was born on February 7, 1940, in Brookline, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Frederick A. and Mary M. (Kelly) Hohn. Shirley was raised in Jamaica Plain and graduated from the Blessed Sacrament High School.

Shirley lived in Arlington for a many years before moving to Wilmington in the early 1960’s where she raised her children: Elizabeth, John, Robert, Cheryl and James. Shirley was a devoted mother who worked tirelessly to balance her home and work life. Due to unexpected life changes, Shirley went back into the workforce full-time with five children ranging in ages 11 to 16 while still managing to keep up with her home and juggling time to take her children to the lake or on camping trips, where they made special lifetime memories.

Shirley served over 30 years as a Civil Servant for the Department of Defense. Many of those years were at Hanscom Air Force Base as a Purchasing Agent where she was highly regarded for her efficiency, attention to detail and ability to get the job done. Shirley’s many years of service as a Purchasing Agent made her a sought-after advisor and well respected in her field. Shirley made many special long-term friendships and memories along the years. After retiring from the government Shirley went on to work a 2nd career as the Office Manager for MaraTech Engineering Services where she continued to utilize her skills. Shirley worked there for another twenty-two years before fully retiring in 2015.

Shirley loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She created special memories and traditions by taking them on various trips throughout the year. In the summers, Shirley organized hiking trips to the White Mountains which included stops at Storyland, the Kancamagus HWY, and Echo Lake. She also took her grandchildren to the beach with a special lobster dinner on the way home. In the fall, the family gathered for their annual apple picking trips to Honey Pot Hill Orchards where they would enjoy apple dumplings and donuts. To celebrate the Christmas season, Shirley planned trips to Jordan Marsh in Boston to see the Enchanted Village where she would light up every time she saw the German dolls that were used in the winter Christmas scenes.

In her spare time, Shirley enjoyed baking, reading, admiring her train collection, and working on her Victorian dollhouse. She also loved to work in her yard planting special flowers. Shirley was a lover of all animals, especially dogs; she was a Boxer breeder for many years.

Shirley was a loving mother, “Nana” and “Gigi”. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Shaw, devoted mother of John Silver & his wife Germaine of Houston, TX, Robert Silver of Costa Mesa, CA, James Silver & his wife Eliana of Fort Worth, TX, Elizabeth Desharnais & her husband Roland of Houston, TX, and Cheryl Silver of Lowell, loving “Nana” of Roland Desharnais, Jr & his wife Rhea, Rachel Desharnais & her long-time partner Steven Lee, Reta Silver, Courtney Silver, Chelsea Silver, Juliana Lima, Julia Silver, Christopher Silver, Nicholas Silver, Alec Silver, Elijah Silver, and Seven Thi Silver, great grandmother of Maliyah, Myla, Malani, Rory, and Rylee, cherished daughter of the late Frederick A. and Mary M. (Kelly) Hohn, dear sister of Paul Hohn & his wife Leonina of Southbridge, Jean Beninati & her husband Dominic and the late Frederick Hohn. Shirley is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Friday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Shirley’s name may be made to

Shirley Ann Silver-Shaw

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