Shirley L. BrownNovember 07,2012Shirley L. Brown
POULTNEY — Mrs. Shirley Lucy Brown, 88, a longtime resident of Poultney, died October 6, 2012, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Shirley was born August 26, 1924, in Hampton, N.Y., the daughter of Forrest and Dorothy (Kelly) Moore. She graduated from Poultney High School and married Donald Barnes Shackett in 1942. She later married Robert Brown in 1977.
She resided in Poultney for the greater part of her life and provided domestic help, companionship and health aid to several families and individuals throughout the area. Shirley was a seventh degree member of the Poultney Valley Grange, having served as past master on two occasions. She was also a member of the Evergreen Chapter #63 Order of Eastern Star, serving as worthy matron twice during her membership, as well as several other offices. She also worked within the Poultney Rainbow Assembly and held the Grand Cross of Colors, along with membership in the Morris Roberts Past Matrons and Patrons Association.
Shirley was also active in her community with the Poultney Valley Club, Poultney Rotary and the Poultney Snow Devils Club where she called bingo for each of those organizations for several years. She was a member of the Poultney Rescue Squad and a lifelong member of the United Baptist Church of Poultney where she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and served on various boards and committees. As a member of the Poultney Historical Society, she was a direct descendent of “The Valiant Thirteen.”
She is survived by her eight children: William F. Shackett and his wife, Ruthie, of Fair Haven; Diane C. McCoy and her husband, James, of Bomoseen; Douglas E. Shackett of R.I.; Donna M. Galvin of Vt.; Dennis J. Shackett; Debra J. Farnham and her husband, James, of Fla.; Shirley M. Vladyka and her husband, Larry, of Benson; and David A. Shackett of Poultney. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Donald S. Shackett; her two sisters, Beryl Claremont and Phyllis Jones; and her brother, Forrest “Buddy” Moore.
In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, there were no visiting hours or funeral services. Interment was private at the convenience of her family in Poultney Cemetery, Poultney, Vt.
For those who wish, memorial contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the United Baptist Church of Poultney, PO Box 601, East Poultney, VT 05741; or to the Poultney Rescue Squad, PO Box 76, Poultney, VT 05764.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Durfee Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Fair Haven, Vt.
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