Graves, Shirley

January 19th, 2010

Graves,shirleyShirley Marie (Nelson) Graves, age 89, of Reading, died Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at Wingate of Reading following a brief illness.

Born in Chelsea, MA, on May 11, 1920, Shirley was the dear daughter of the late William and Gladys (Hegner) Nelson. Shirley grew up in Revere and Medford, she was a graduate of Medford High School and went on to secretarial school in Boston. She was a secretary for the New England Trust Company in Boston for a few years before enlisting in the United States Navy where she served her country during WWII and was honorably discharged on June 4, 1946.graves, shirley2

Upon returning from the Navy, Shirley accepted a secretarial job with the Prudential Insurance Company in Boston where she worked for many years until her retirement.

Shirley married Walter A. Graves, Jr. in 1955, the couple moved to Stoneham in 1960 and were residents there until 1982 when they moved to Melrose. Shirley lived in Melrose until 2007 and was an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and worked part-time in the Church Thrift Shoppe. Shirley resided in Reading from 2007 until her passing.

Shirley will be remembered as a very active lady, she was very social and had lots of friends, she loved to play cards, and enjoyed spending time at the ocean in Rockport, Marblehead, and Maine.

Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Walter A. Graves, Jr., devoted mother of Sharon Magdelinskas & her husband Paul of Wilmington, dear sister of William Nelson & his wife Eleanor of Sun City West, AZ, loving aunt of Gary Nelson of California, Sherrie & Dan Black, and Laurie Nelson all of Illinois, she is also survived by many dear friends.

Shirley’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Charles Lawn Cemetery, Reading.

Memorial donations in Shirley’s name may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 131 West Emerson St., Melrose, MA 02176.


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  1. Barbara M. Rush says:

    It was a privilege to know Shirley. She was a delightful guest in our home many times; an excellent conversationalist; interested in all that was going on around her. Her brownies were special, and she shared them with us.

    What a classy lady. May she now rest in peace.

  2. Laurie Nelson says:

    My Aunt Shirley was a wonderful example of what it means to be a true lady and a loving human being. I remember her infectious smile, always welcoming us and anyone else who happened along the way. She was a hostess with the mostest, providing beautiful spreads to accompany the cheerful, encouraging conversation she would supply, never hesitating to compliment everyone around her and find the best in each one.

    We looked forward to trips East to visit her, Uncle Walt and our cousin Sharon every other summer as we grew up. We had wonderful times at the ocean. She came to my sister’s wedding in Illinois and visited my parents in Arizona. We corresponded through the mail and in phone conversations until fairly recently. She always looked on the bright side of things, always making us (and everyone around her) feel special and unique. My Dad, her sister, loved her dearly and always spoke very affectionately about her. She truly lived by the Golden Rule. May the Lord who loved her on this earth embrace her lovingly in Heaven. May she rest in peace in His arms.

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