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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. | Shirley Hodge Gould, age 81, of Horseheads passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 8 after a brief illness.
Born in Liverpool, England, Shirley came to the US with her family during World War II for her father's posting with the British Foreign Service.
She remained in the States to finish high school while her family returned to England and from there, settled in Singapore.
After graduating from Wellesley College on a Fulbright scholarship, she married and raised her daughters, settling her family into numerous new communities and homes from New England to Kentucky.
Shirley was an avid reader and passionate advocate for public libraries where she spent many hours working or volunteering in each community where she lived.
Her love of knitting came from her mother who would knit in the dark of shelters to calm her family during bombing raids in England during WWII.
Friends and family rarely saw Shirley without her current book and knitting project until a stroke silenced her knitting needles ten years ago. Shirley loved to travel and continued to see the world even in her wheelchair with her husband's unfailing care.
A lifelong baker, she passed on those skills to her daughters including the secret to the much-loved chocolate chip cookies.
Shirley leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Gardner, two daughters, Allison (Clare) Gallaher of Grafton, Ohio, and Chris (John) Sharkey and grandsons Matt and Connor of Painted Post, sisters Jill Hunter and Susan Walton in England, and many extended family and friends.
There will be no services. Those wishing to remember her extraordinary life can make a donation in her honor to the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (52 W. Market St., Corning, NY 14830) which she so enjoyed in her final years.
Words of comfort and condolences may be expressed in Shirley's Book of Memories at www.sullivansfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Corning Leader from Sept. 11 to Oct. 9, 2013
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