ORANGE - Shirley M. (Smith) Bellemare, 88, of 105 South Main St., Orange, MA, formerly of Millers Falls, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, following a period of declining health.
Born on Aug. 18, 1925 in Montague, MA, she was the daughter of Charles A. and Grace A. (Cook) Smith. Shirley attended local schools and was employed in the early years, after graduation, at the Montague Rod & Reel Shop. She worked in the housekeeping department at the former Farren Memorial Hospital in Turners Falls and was a healthcare aide in many local nursing homes and residences. In later years, Shirley worked for Renovator's Supply as a packer.
Shirley was married to Marcel A. Bellemare on July 12, 1947 in St. Mary's Church in Turners Falls. They celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to his passing in October of 2007.
She was a communicant of the former St. John's Church in Millers Falls and later at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Turners Falls.
She enjoyed the outdoors, loved to take long walks and enjoyed picnics and traveling to Hampton Beach, NH. Famous for her homemade donuts, she was an accomplished cook and baker. Visiting second-hand shops, reading and singing were also among her favorite pastimes and in her younger years, she made a singing appearance on the local radio station, WHAI. She was a bingo enthusiast and was a frequent visitor to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos in Connecticut.
Shirley is survived by her three children: Michael D. Bellemare (Bette) of Orange, MA, Catherine A. Prue of Manchester, NH, and Deborah E. Waryas of Erving, MA. She also leaves a sister, Irene ""Rene"" Stone of Gill. She leaves seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her siblings: Ruth, Richard and Robert, and by a grandson, Timothy Waryas, in 1994.
Funeral services in celebration Shirley's life will be on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at the McCarthy Funeral Home, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA, at 11 AM with the Rev. Stanley J. Aksamit, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls, to preside.
There are no visiting hours. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to the
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at: www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com