MARYLAND — Shirley June Birdsall, 82, of Morris and Gilbertsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at her home in Maryland.
Born Aug. 31, 1930, in Morris, she was the daughter of Perry L. Hoag and Madge P. Hoag. She married Robert Charles Birdsall on Jan. 29, 1949 and was predeceased by him on Jan. 14, 2010.
She spent her childhood living on the Morris Manor Farms Estate on Dimock Hollow Road and in the beautiful Butternut Valley. She attended the first-through-fourth-grades at Morris Central School then graduated from Gilbertsville Central School. She later earned certification as a public health nurse from the State University College at Oneonta. In this capacity, she brought medicine and compassion as a traveling clinic to many rural residents.
Shirley loved being a homemaker and caring mom, but also worked outside the home as a secretary at Gilbertsville Central, as an executive secretary for Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, taught handicapped students at Morris Central, and supervised the Data Processing Center at Hartwick College in Oneonta. For several years, she enjoyed conducting the Federal Census.
Shirley shared a passion for reading with her husband, Robert, and participated in Bible Study Circles, later discussing various interpretations. She was an intelligent woman of many talents, with strength, courage and conviction. Some of her passions were nature hikes with the family, flowers, cooking on her woodstove, and most of all, showing compassion for those in need. She will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives she improved.
She is survived by her three sons and daughter, Robert P. and Susan Birdsall of Oxford, Arthur D. and Brenda Birdsall of Dallas, Pa., Guy S. and Pamela Birdsall of West Edmeston, and Patricia A.(Birdsall) and David Smith of Lithia, Fla. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her brother Richard (Duke) L. Hoag of New Berlin.
She was predeceased by a grandson, Jacob Birdsall and brothers, William Hoag of Lowville and Lyle Hoag of Morris.
The family extends its gratitude to a lifelong friend, Norman Saunders for his care and sharing his home, allowing Shirley to be comfortable and at peace in her final days.
With the arrival of Christmas 2012, there is now yet another angel looking down on us all!
Funeral services will be private, at the convenience of the family.
Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery, Gilbertsville, with the Rev. Mark Piedmont, performing the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to your local Hospice.
Arrangements by Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin.