Shirley Elizabeth Giehler Morrison passed away quietly at age 96 in the early morning hours of February 6, 2021. She was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on March 25, 1924 to Fred and Gertrude Giehler.
Shirley spent most of her life in Holyoke, attending Kirtland, H. B Lawrence, Metcalf, and Holyoke High School. She left to attend Bentley School of Accounting and Finance (now Bentley University) with the first class to admit women. During WW II, she worked for an investment firm in Boston before returning to Holyoke. She joined the American Legion Auxiliary through which she met her husband, Joseph P. “Bud” Morrison, who passed away in 1963. Their son, Mark Alan Morrison was born in 1955 and passed away in 2009.
Shirley was a life long Girl Scout, having joined at age 10 and stayed active into her eighties. She was also a life long member of Second Congregational Church, her involvement spanning from the Young Peoples Society through 20 years as Church Treasurer. In 1989 she became Chair of the Holyoke Council on Aging, and was involved in the construction of the Senior Center on Pine Street that opened in 2013. The outdoor fountain was given in her honor by family members.
When Shirley returned to Holyoke during WW II, she worked in her father’s accounting firm until he retired, then did bookkeeping for numerous small businesses and medical practices in Holyoke.
In addition to her husband and son, Shirley was predeceased by her sister Doris Giehler McTigue and her brother Robert Giehler. She is survived by her sister Suzanne Giehler Mannshardt; grandson Sebastian Morrison; nieces Barbara McTigue Bruner and Elizabeth Mannshardt Hawk; nephew David McTigue; three great nephews; and one great, great niece.
Special thanks are extended to Karlene Shea, devoted friend from church who, along with several other friends, has been by Shirley’s side through good times and challenging days. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to either Bentley University or the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home.
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