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Shirley (McHatton) Crawford

Shirley (McHatton) Crawford
  • December 13, 1928 - October 11, 2019
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
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“Thinking of Shirley's family and friends and feeling sad for their loss. May you Rest In Peace sweet lady. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Bobby and Julie Sullivan - MA

“God Bless. May your happy memories help to dry your tears. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Muriel McHale Campbell

“Amy and family, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love, The Peckham's ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Toni Peckham - Boxford, MA

“May Shirley rest in peace and know that she is loved by her family and friends and she will always be remembered as a wonderful mother, friend and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Dani DeParis - Methuen, MA

“I'm very very sorry to hear that she passed away. thank you for taking me in your home and letting me be part of your family.i love love her like she...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Peggy Schacht - North Andover, MA

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Salvaggio - Everett, MA

“My sincere condolences to Richie and the Crawford family. Shirley was a great lady and will be missed by all that knew her.I will keep you all in my...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Dorothea Cornetta - Wakefield, MA

“Amy and family I'm so terribly sorry for your loss! My heart prayer and deepest condolences goes out to the family. May she rest in the sweetest of...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Amanda DeLeire - Goshen, NH

“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 »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Shirley (McHatton) Crawford, of Melrose, passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Oct. 11, 2019 at the age of 90. Shirley was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1946. She was a lifelong Melrose resident and worked as a Program Manager for EMARC in Melrose prior to her retirement at the age of 62. Shirley also worked as a Certified Nurses Aid for the Middlesex Fells Nursing Home and as an Operator for the telephone company. She was the President of the McCarthy House Social Club in Melrose and a member of the St. Mary's Church Ladies Sodality and Milano Senior Center in Melrose for many years. Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Crawford. Loving mother of Joan (VonHandorf) Turnquist & her late husband Paul VonHandorf of Melrose, Robert L. Crawford, Jr & his wife Patricia of NH, Mary Jane Hawes & her husband Michael of Billerica, Richard G. Crawford of N. Reading, Debra E. Crawford of NH, the late Joey E. Crawford and foster daughter Peggy Schacht of Andover. Cherished grandmother of Amy, Paul, Julianne, Robert, Angela, Richard and Michael. Caring sister of Robert McHatton of ME and the late Eleanor Cronin, Dorothy Geyer, Ruth Gorman and Irene Murray. Also survived by 17 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, Oct. 15th from 4-7PM. A Funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 16th at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.