Shirley J. Dougherty


Birth: January 6th, 1930
Death: August 9th, 2017
Age: 87 years
Residence:Saginaw

Shirley J. Dougherty

Saginaw, Michigan

    Passed away August 8, 2017, at the age of 87 years.

    She was born in Ithaca, NY and resided in Saginaw, MI. She was a graduate of Ithaca High School, received a Nursing Degree from Mount Sinai in NYC and her Master’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 1950. After working as a nurse for over 30 years, she retired but remained a volunteer for the next 15 years. Retiring left time for her many hobbies: Shirley and her dear friend Sandy McCluskey raised and showed AKC registered purebred dogs and lead many of them to championship status.

    She had an amazing singing voice and was a long time member of the Holy Family Catholic church choir, she was frequently asked to sing for weddings, funerals, and solo performances. Shirley was an avid sewer and used her entrepreneurial skill in a small but successful craft business. Above all, she was known for being solid as a rock, the matriarch of our family and fondly known to many as ‘Aunt Shirley’.

    She was preceded in death by: her parents Patrick and Orien (Machen) Dougherty, her brother John A. Dougherty, Sister-in-law Patricia S. Dougherty, Cousin James McHale and Nephew Jeffrey E. Dougherty. She is survived by: her niece Elizabeth (Dougherty) Johnson (Jay), nephew Timothy P. Dougherty (Michele), and sister-in-law N. Patricia Dougherty. The heart and soul of Shirley’s life was her family and friends, her compassion and generosity for those whose lives she touched is well known and will be her everlasting legacy. Special thanks to Shelleen McHale, Dawn Penny, and Joanne Infante for returning that generosity and compassion.

   Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church 1525 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, Michigan 48601. Friends may visit with the family at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA or to Holy Family Catholic Church. Please honor Shirley, and her love of the Irish, by wearing green!  www.casefuneralhome.com



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