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 Evelyn Flora <I>Shirley</I> Marraffa

Evelyn Flora Shirley Marraffa

Birth
Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 21 Nov 1998 (aged 90)
Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 85305153 · View Source
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Evelyn (Shirley) Marraffa died Saturday morning at Devereux House Nursing Home, Marblehead, where she had been a resident for the past five months. She was a lifelong resident of Marblehead whose family roots can be traced to 1648. Born in Marblehead, February 26, 1908, she was the daughter of Flora B. (Dodd) Shirley and Arthur H. Shirley.

She loved to sing, and during the 1920s she appeared with her sister, Gertrude in many musicals in Marblehead, as well as many area theaters. Known as the Shirley Sisters, they were noted for the compatibility of their voices and their harmonizing.

She was employed by the Marblehead Messenger for 18 years and was secretary with the Board of Health at Abbott Hall for 25 years.

A member of the Universalist Church in Marblehead until it disbanded, she became a member of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, was a charter member of the Women's Society of Christian Service, a soloist and member of the choir for many years.

Married in 1931 to Anthony Marraffa and widowed in December of 1932, she had one daughter, Joan Marraffa von Sternberg of Marblehead and a son-in-law, Stanley K. von Sternberg. She leaves two dear cousins, Margaret Dodd Abdo of Los Angeles, Calif. and Howard "Howie" Dodd of Marblehead; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Marraffa Rizotta of Danvers and Angela Marraffa Corrao of Salem, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday and burial was in Waterside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Marblehead Historical Commission, Abbot Hall, Marblehead, MA 01945.

(Published Thursday, November 26, 1998 in the Marblehead Reporter)


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 85305153
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Evelyn Flora Shirley Marraffa (26 Feb 1908–21 Nov 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85305153, citing Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by RememberMe (contributor 46982451) .