Shirley Carlisle Nelson


Shirley Carlisle Nelson, 95, died peacefully Nov. 1, 2019, at her home, with Mary and Marlene by her side. She was born Sept. 8, 1924, in Ellsworth Falls, the daughter of Harold E. and Theresa A. (Cook) Carlisle.

Shirley graduated valedictorian from Ellsworth High School in 1941 and attended Maine School of Commerce in Bangor (now Husson University) on full scholarship. She worked at the Liberty National Bank in Ellsworth for over 25 years, the captain of the bank’s bowling team, Shirley’s Girleys, and retiring in 1987 as the bank’s personnel officer. For many years she participated in The Order of the Eastern Star, Irene Chapter No. 97; the local Salvation Army, of which she was treasurer; Union Congregational Church in Ellsworth Falls; Ellsworth Historical Society; Ellsworth High School Alumni Association; Juniper Cemetery Association of which she was the Treasurer; and the Ellsworth Congregational Church. Shirley always enjoyed playing golf, bridge violin and piano. She loved dancing, singing, baking brownies, her Fletcher Street home, her family, ice cream and every kind of chocolate.

She was a founding member of the Newbury Neckalodeons, a group of retirees who for over 35 years delighted folks as they played their special brand of music at small gatherings in and around Surry and for residents at local nursing homes.

Shirley is survived by her daughter Mary T. White of Surry; son John A. Beal of Lamoine; two brothers, Arden “Tuffy” Carlisle of Surry and Richard E. Carlisle of Ellsworth; two granddaughters, Stephanie T. White of Ellsworth and Katie A. Slyter of Greenwood, Ind.; a great-grandson, Eli Michael Slyter of Greenwood, Ind.; her “second daughter,” Marlene Walker of Holden; plus many nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by her beloved husband of 15 years, Harold Nelson, in 1992; a son-in-law, Stephen T. White, in 2017; and a very special friend, Harris McLean, in 2006.

The family wishes to extend a special Thank You to Marlene and all the caregivers at Total Care Solution in Holden, a private home where Shirley lived and received wonderful care and loving kindness the last three years of her life.

Friends are invited to call 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Private committal will be at Juniper Cemetery, Ellsworth Falls.

Shirley enjoyed seeing flowers at funerals. Mary is more practical, so those who desire may make contributions in Shirley’s memory to Ellsworth High School (EHS) Alumni Association, P.O. Box 11, Ellsworth, or to Ellsworth Falls Union Congregational Church, UCC, P.O. Box 635, Ellsworth.

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