Shirley Mae Stanwood, 76, of Milbridge passed away Aug. 14, 2020, at a Bangor hospital.
One of nine children, Shirley Mae was born to Philmore Leroy “Pruney” and Beatrice Pearl (McCallum) Stanwood Sr. of Steuben. Along with her parents, Shirley Mae was predeceased by three of her sisters, Maxine, Ruth and Harriet, as well as two brothers, Philmore Jr. and Arthur.
Shirley Mae labored in sardine factories, and, along with her daughter, Jackie, would go into the woods to pick brush for making wreaths. She and Jackie also shucked clams together, and when Jackie lived at home with her, they used to sing together. She used to say, “Get your guitar out and let’s sing ‘Pick Me Up on Your Way Down,’” a Charlie Walker song, as well as her favorite, “Chantilly Lace,” by The Big Bopper. Jackie remembers two of her favorite things being Red Rose Tea and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Shirley Mae was a sweet soul who never complained. Due to an automobile accident, her mother cared for her until her own death. After that, Shirley Mae lived at Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility in Milbridge, where a very special niece, Adeline Kinghorn, who loved Shirley, attended to her every need for all the years Shirley was there.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Stanwood, of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, Clifford Stanwood and wife, Sandy, and Gary Stanwood and wife, Joanie, all of Steuben; one sister, Theresa Stanwood of Addison; also left behind are grandsons, Joseph Kyle Stanwood and Dakota Isaiah Stanwood; and great-grandsons, Vincent and Brayden; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge, where online condolences may be shared with the family at bragdonkelley.com.