Lawrence — Mrs. C. Shirley (Phair) Middlemiss, 86, a resident of the M.I. Residential Community in Lawrence for the past four years, passed away on Thursday, November 1 at Lawrence General Hospital.
Born in Lawrence, Shirley was educated in the Lawrence schools and went on to graduate from the Edward F. Searles High School in Methuen. She contributed to the war effort by working at the Tyre Rubber Company but was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker for most of her life. Shirley had been a leader of a Civil Defense Explorer Post. For 20 years, Shirley had belonged to Mrs. Guiffrida's Sewing Club. Being involved in sewing, she made Christening and First Communion dresses for her grandchildren. Shirley enjoyed doing ceramics and used to knit for the soldiers during World War II. She had also volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader in Lawrence. Shirley enjoyed traveling and going to Broadway plays. She had been a parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Lawrence. Shirley will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
The widow of Ernest J. Middlemiss, family members include: her daughters, Catherine M. Cronin of Quincy, Mary Ellen Viens and her husband Paul of New Boston, N.H., Patricia J. Carbonneau and her husband Gary of Methuen, Eileen F. Duggan and her husband Charles of Merrimack, N.H., Margaret R. Zappulla and her husband James of Middleboro; sons, Ernest R. Middlemiss of Lowell, Laurence P. Middlemiss and his wife Christine of Kingston, N.H., William V. Middlemiss, Sr. and his wife Mary of Methuen; as well as 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; a cousin, Donald Phair and his wife Alice of North Andover, and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 5 at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 118 So. Broadway, Lawrence. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, also in Lawrence. Family and friends may call on Sunday, November 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 122 Amesbury St., Lawrence. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Division, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701. To send an online condolence or for more information, please go to www.breenfuneralhome.com.