MAGILL, SHIRLEY W., age 85, died of natural causes on April 16, 2012, at her home. Her loving and devoted daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Bob were at her side. Shirley was born on December 20, 1926, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and moved to Miami at age 5. She married her high-school sweetheart, the late Edward L. Magill, with whom she had three daughters. Throughout her life, Shirley was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, and faithful friend to many. Her happiest moments in life were those spent at her home with her family and pets. Her favorite pastime was baking for her family and friends. Visitors to her home of all ages always went straight to her cookie tin. Her apple pie and key lime pie were second to none. Shirley was an honest, down-to-earth lady, who chose to see the best in others and help those in need whenever and however she could. During the Korean War, she volunteered at the VA Hospital. In later years, she helped found the High Pines Neighborhood Watch and was a school volunteer for learning-disabled children. Shirley is survived by her brother, William G. Pothier, Jr., of Gainesville, Florida; daughters Marilyn Magill (Robert Welsh) of South Miami and Marianne Acuna (Robert) of Ft. White, Florida; grandchildren Kristen Hong, Erik Acuna, and Michael Acuna; and great-grandchildren Christopher Tew; Erika, Connor, and Emma Acuna; and Kysen and Kamryn Hong. Marilyn and Marianne wish to acknowledge and thank the wonderful caregivers of the Vintex Agency--Margaret, Danard, Barbara, and Estela--who helped make their mother's final three years as comfortable as possible. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Shirley's name to the Center for Great Apes, P.O. Box 488, Wauchula, FL 33873 www.CenterForGreatApes.org. Private services were held. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in the Miami Herald on Apr. 22, 2012