Shirley A. Conrad | News, Sports, Jobs
Ipswich – Shirley A. Conrad, 84, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday August 14, 2021 under the loving care of Trish Everitt and Care Dimensions. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Lilah Vatcher and Wallace B. Conrad. Shirley was predeceased by her brother Robert Conrad and sister Joan Conrad.
An accomplished athlete, Shirley was inducted into the Acton-Boxborough High School Sports Hall of Fame. She loved skiing, golfing, tennis and taught sailing for many years at Girl Scout Sailing Camp on Martha’s Vineyard. She loved music and was a longtime member of the North Shore Chorus. During her tenure with CNS, Shirley was head of the tenor co-section, assisted in the music library, and participated in numerous vocal tours in Europe and Puerto Rico. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, doing art projects, and providing loving homes for the special pets in her life. Shirley was an active member of the Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church in Ipswich. His ecclesiastical activities included service in the sacristy, junior prefect, reader, lay Eucharistic minister and choir servant.
Choosing education as a career path, Shirley graduated from Bridgewater State College with a major in physical and health education and earned a master’s degree in education from Salem State College. She has taught at Haverhill High School, the University of New Hampshire, and Salem State College. Shirley was Dean of Women at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, before returning to New England. She retired after twenty-five years as a guidance counselor at Elm Street High School in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Shirley is survived by her lifelong partner Trish Everitt, her niece Barbara and her husband Jim Coleman of Cheboygan, MI, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. A celebration of her life will be held at Ascension Memorial Church at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in Shirley’s name to: Ascension Memorial Church Music Fund, PO Box 547, Ipswich, MA 01938 or to the Ipswich Human Group, PO Box 873 Ipswich, MA 01938. Attending is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a letter of condolence, please visit: MorrisFH.com.