Ceely, Shirley Bradley 6/4/1926 - 6/6/2021 Ann Arbor, MI Shirley Bradley Ceely of Ann Arbor died peacefully on June 6, surrounded by her family, in Danvers, MA, two days after her 95th birthday. Shirley was born in Montreal, but spent her childhood in North Adams, MA, graduating from Drury High School in 1944. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1948, where she majored in French. In 1950, she married Richard (Dick) G. Ceely, her lifelong partner until 2010, when Mr. Ceely died. Together they raised three children: David, of Mechanicsburg, PA; Janet Langer, of Gloucester MA; and James (Jim), of Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to their children, she is survived by four grandchildren and one nephew. Shirley and Dick spent their early married life in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, where Shirley was active in The League of Women Voters, focusing on responsible water management. They moved to Minnesota in 1966, and then to Ann Arbor in 1969, where she lived until just this past April. In 1972, she and Dick opened Parkman Printing, a small, boutique shop that they sold to their son Jim nineteen years later. They then bought a 36-foot sailboat, and lived aboard for the next five years. These were precious times for them, travelling between the Bahamas in the winter and New England for summers. During her fifty-two years in Ann Arbor, Shirley was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Ann Arbor Wellesley Club, the Huron River Watershed Council, and most notably, the Ann Arbor Bike Touring Society (AABTS) soon after it was founded. An active participant well into her 80's, she served a term as its president and logged 31,804 miles riding with the bike club. Through its numerous events, the AABTS afforded Shirley the opportunity to enjoy being outside, explore the beautiful states of Michigan, Kentucky, and Texas, and form lasting friendships that endured for the rest of her life. A lifelong learner, Shirley was a voracious reader, Scrabble player, and crossword puzzle enthusiast, displaying an impressive knowledge of topics from Shakespeare to Greek mythology to English history. She made several trips to Europe with Dick, attended theater performances in Stratford and at the Shaw Festival in Canada, enjoyed performances by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and enrolled in seminars at Elderwise Learning. Above all else, Shirley believed in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. She had a mischievous sense of humor, a stubborn independence, and a gentle, enduring love for those closest to her. She was a force for good. Funeral arrangements are private. A celebration of Shirley's life will take place in Ann Arbor at a future date.
Published by Ann Arbor News from Jun. 15 to Jun. 17, 2021.