Shirley Mae Eliason, 77, of Waterford, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Saint Vincent Health Center surrounded by several family members. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Hannah Gem Eliason. In addition to her parents, Shirley has been preceded in death by her sister, Sennie Widdowson, her brother-in-law, Ronald Widdowson, her great niece, Danielle Williams, and great nephew, Kyle Ames.

Shirley was a graduate of Waterford Academy, class of 1954, and went on to attend Erie Business Center where, upon graduation, she enjoyed a long career as a secretary/accountant, school administrator and eventually an executive director with EBC in Erie.

She was a generous individual and enjoyed endowing her family (especially her nieces and nephews) with gifts and attention. She leaves behind many happy memories of her loving nature.

Shirley was very proud of her Swedish heritage and was fortunate enough to have visited her ancestral country last year.

She was a life-long member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Waterford.

Shirley is survived by her sisters, Dolores Havern and her husband Joseph of McKean and Betty Lou Ames and her husband Robert of Colorado Springs, CO; also, her brothers, Carl Dean Eliason and his wife Alice, Alvin Eliason and his wife Mary, and Ronald Eliason and his wife Susan, all of Waterford. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Carol Bosley and her children, Brett Bosley and his wife Beth, Carter Edman and his wife Martina, and Katrine Bosley.

A public memorial service will be held for Shirley on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 23 West Second Street, Waterford. A private interment for the family will be held at Waterford Cemetery.

If desired, memorials may be sent to the Asbury United Methodist Church.