Shirley Martha Watson Antoine died Tuesday night at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Her husband is Donald Elwood Antoine Sr. The couple married on June 7, 1952.
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Born in Schultzville, daughter of the late Frank Sr. and Elizabeth Evans Watson, Shirley was a member of the last graduating class at LaPlume School. She was a member of the Dalton United Methodist Church, the Women's Bowling League in Waverly and the Grace and Hope Mission. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years, as well as helping with the Dalton Little League.
Shirley loved her children and took great pride in her grandchildren. She loved to spend time with her family. Holidays were a special time when all of her children would gather together and enjoyed reminiscing about family memories. She was known to open her home each year to make breakfast for the hunters. Shirley died peacefully, with dignity, surrounded by her family.
The family would like to thank the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, Mrs. Pat Kennedy, director of admissions and all of the staff on C1, the entire staff of Regional Hospital as well as the Hospice Unit for their compassionate care; Dr. Stephen Jaditz for his empathy and devotion not only to Shirley but the entire family; and Dr. Kenneth Rudolph for his many years of constant care and support.
Also surviving are four children, Donald Elwood Antoine Jr. and wife, Susan; Rebecca Antoine Aten and husband, Gerald; Debbie Antoine Thomas; and Robert William Antoine and wife, Lisa; son-in-law, Victor Thomas; foster son, Raymond Harmon; foster daughter, Deborah Garrison; grandchildren, Dale, Kendra, Kendale, Luke, Kimberly, Benjamin, Erich, Matthew, Amy, Michael, Nicole, Megan, Stacey, Chrissy, Leslie, Bobby and Robbie; great-grandchildren, Cole, Aubrey, Addison, Carolena, Isaac, Lyla, Charley, Noah, Justin Jr., Ava, Sara, Kayla, Dante, Hughie, Skyler and Rihanna; siblings, Joseph Watson, Frank Watson Jr., Sally Lochen, Bonnie Maciak and Liz Crock.
The funeral will be Friday at 6 p.m. in Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Road, with services by the Rev. Lori Robinson, pastor. Friends may call from 3 until the time of the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Dalton United Methodist Church; Regional Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; or the Lupus Foundation, 2000 L Street N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Online condolences may be sent to www.lawrenceeyoungfuneral home.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 21, 2013