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Shirley Ann Rhodes
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
    P.O. Box 5014
    Hagerstow, MD 21741-5014

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“Shirley, you are so loved! God made you so special!! That laugh.... Oh that laugh! Your smile.... Made everyone else around you smile! The kids...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Christine Jackson

“Shirl, I will miss you. You were always there for your friends; ready to help out without ever being asked. You truly had a heart of gold and I...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Robbins - BRADFORD, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

“What fun we had Shirley over so many years; celebrating holidays together, traveling to Israel and just sitting around enjoying each other's company....Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Debbie Peck - Cape Elizabeth, ME

“Shirley, you were so loved and still are!! You were the kindest lady and had such a warm spirit! I look forward to the day we meet again! The...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Christine Jackson - Haverhill, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Shirley Ann Rhodes of Haverhill, formerly of Melrose passed
away on March 10, 2019 at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen.
She was a long time resident of Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School.

The daughter of the late Ivan Rhodes and Vera
Bickford Rhodes, Shirley is survived by her brother,
Edward Rhodes, nieces, Karen Brett, Dyann Rhodes,
Valerie Rhodes, Heather Wensinger and her dear
cousin, Ruth Peck. Loving and close friend of Elizabeth Carmichael,
Dianne Jackson as well as many other loving and devoted friends.

Shirley was a beautiful, generous person who enjoyed
life to the fullest. She made friends, young and old, from
coast to coast. If Shirley was your friend, your life
became immediately richer. Accounting was her profession
and she held various positions at National Research in Cambridge, Tudor
Engineering in San Francisco and Pella Windows in
Woburn, MA. She travelled the world, loved Europe, and
had a special affinity to Prague, Czech Republic.

Although spending most of her life on the East Coast,
her time in California was spent cultivating many long
term friendships and honing her skiing skills. Many
people learned their dance moves from Shirley as she
was always one to be reckoned with on the dance floor.
Shirley's smile was magical and her laughter
contagious! She was considered by all as being the life
of the party and will always be remembered for her
kindness, compassion, and beautiful soul.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Service,
79 W. Foster Street, Melrose, MA on Friday, March 15, 2019
from 10:00-11:00AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00AM.
Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.