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Obituary for Shirley Gertrude Ferris

Shirley Gertrude Patch (Eaton) Ferris, born May 2nd, 1924, Worcester, MA to Athelie and Frederick Patch, peacefully left this life at first light, January 11th, 2023 with her daughters by her side at Lincoln Home Assisted Living, Newcastle, ME where she enjoyed her final years with friends, much laughter, and a spectacular view of the Damariscotta River.

Known by some as “Shirl the Pearl”, her life was filled from a young age with a love of music. Her clear alto voice graced many church choirs and choral groups throughout her life in both Massachusetts and Maine where she was a member of the “internationally acclaimed” Seaglass Chorale, Kennebunk, ME.

Her early years with Bill, her first husband who left this life way too young, were filled with creating family memories of skiing, hiking, church and youth group, Girl Scout leader, family camping trips, and sharing songs around the campfire.

She eventually married Dick, a widower, brought two families together, and they lovingly raised their
remaining young children. She and Dick enjoyed family time, travel with friends to Europe and beyond,
lived life fully, and eventually moved to Kennebunk, ME. Their summer camp on a pond in Vienna, ME was a shared spot of quiet beauty where they created more family memories.

She was a member of the D.A.R., Eastern Star-Cradle Rock Chapter, Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester, MA, and Christ Church, Kennebunk, ME.

She is predeceased by her first and second husband, respectively, William S. Eaton and Richard J. Ferris; step-son, Richard Ferris, Jr.; and her three siblings: Norma, James, and Ruth, Shirley being the oldest.

She leaves behind children by her first husband: Lisa (Eaton) Maliska, Chuck Eaton and wife Lael, Judi (Eaton) Ekholm and husband Erik; grandchildren: Leif Ekholm, Krista (Ekholm) Wrona, Cary (Eaton) Cserny, Buddy Eaton, and Erin (Eaton) Hall; eight dearly loved great-grandchildren; and step-children: Sherlie (Ferris) LaPierre, Judy (Ferris) Bell, and their families.

There will be a private burial in the spring at the Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton, MA. A time and location for a family gathering to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to your charity of choice.

Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences visit her Book of Memories at

Family, Friends, and Music Filled Her Life.