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Shirley Bewley

Obituary for Shirley Bewley

May 21, 1929 - October 24, 2019
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 90


Shirley Bewley, 90, formerly of Cary, NC, died peacefully on October 24, 2019, at her daughter's residence in Manchester, NH, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 21, 1929 to James and Gertrude Marsh of Quincy, MA.

A graduate of North Quincy High School, Shirley received her business certificate from Boston University's College of Practical Arts and Letters in 1947. She brought creativity and organizational talent to a variety of administrative positions held over the course of her life. In 1979, she found her dream job as the admissions coordinator for The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, a position she held for 13 years.

Shirley was a connoisseur of art, music and culture. She painted, played piano, and sang in many groups and choirs throughout her life. She played tennis and billiards and loved horseback riding. Shirley was a gifted crossword puzzler and Scrabble player. She was a lifelong learner with endless curiosity.

Shirley met her husband Bob at a beach outing of the Young Adults Club of the Union Congregational Church of Braintree, MA. They married 12 months later. Shirley and Bob maintained lifelong friendships with 3 other couples in this club. The 8 of them vacationed together annually, eventually renaming themselves "the Old Young Adults Club." Shirley was the last surviving member of the club. Shirley and Bob lived in Quincy, MA, Weymouth, MA, Francestown, NH and Hancock, NH before moving to Cary, North Carolina in 1999.

Shirley was love personified. She always wore a bright smile, and never had a complaint. She was a sweet, kind, intelligent and gracious human being. She cherished her family. She will be remembered as an affectionate and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Shirley lost her beloved and devoted husband of 63 years, Robert Bewley, in 2013. Shirley is survived by her three daughters, Jan Vulgaropulos and husband Spyro of Cary, NC, Robin Bewley and husband Salim El-Khoury of Oakville, Ontario, and Elizabeth Allen and husband Kevin of Manchester, NH; seven grandchildren, David Robbins and wife Velvet, Jacqueline Robbins, Zoe Vulgaropulos and husband Matthew Barr, Maya Vulgaropulos, Parker Allen, Emily Allen, and Chloe Allen; four great grandchildren, Cillian Robbins, Ashby Robbins, Fox Robbins and Ellen Barr; one sister, Constance Urquhart; and seven nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her sister, Virginia Abbott; and by two nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be planned in her honor. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley's memory may be made to: The VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester, NH 03109, provider of compassionate hospice support services to the family.

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  • Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern NH
    1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400
    Manchester, NH 03109

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Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104
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