Shirley Frances Woodman

F, (29 October 1917 - 13 April 2016)
Father-Biological*Harry Lincoln Woodman b. 24 Nov 1880, d. 17 Dec 1968
Mother-Biological*Ruth Esther Ward b. 9 Jul 1889, d. 28 Dec 1980
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Last Edited=11 Dec 2022
Shirley and Harry Buell
     Shirley Frances Woodman was born on 29 October 1917 at Lowell, Massachusetts.1,2,3,4,5,6 She was the daughter of Harry Lincoln Woodman and Ruth Esther Ward. Shirley Frances Woodmanappeared on the US Census of 1920 in the household of Harry Lincoln Woodman and Ruth Esther Ward at 422 Pine Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.7 Shirley Frances Woodmanappeared on the US Census of 1930 in the household of Harry Lincoln Woodman and Ruth Esther Ward at 422 Pine Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.8 Shirley Frances Woodman was graduated from from Lowell High School in 1935, at Lowell, Massachusetts.5 26 March 1936, Shirley was awarded the Golden Eaglet by the Girl Scouts of America, their highest award. at Lowell, Massachusetts.5,9 She was graduated from from Lowell Business School in 1937, at Lowell, Massachusetts.5 Sheappeared on the census of 1940 in the household of Harry Lincoln Woodman and Ruth Esther Ward.10 Shirley was a bank clerk in 1940.8 It was at Fort Devens in 1941, that then Sgt. Roy kept the PX lunch counter open late so that Shirley Woodman could get lunch. From their they started dating.11

Shirley Frances Woodman, age 24, married Captain Robert Gladwin Roy, age 22 , son of Leo Joseph Roy and Gladys C. Gladwin, on 3 May 1942 at Lowell, Massachusetts.12,1,2,13 Shirley and Bob lived from June 1942 to 1945 at New Estate Road, Littleton, Massachusetts.12 Shirley and Bob lived from 1946 to 1948 at 34 Deshon Manner, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania.11 Shirley and Bob lived in 1949 at Liberty Street, West Alexander, Washington County, Pennsylvania.11 Shirley and Bob lived from 1952 to 1953 at 77 Schiller Stß, Göeppingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.11 Shirley Frances Woodman was found on a passenger list on 4 March 1952; On 4 Mar 1952, she was listed as a passenger on the SS Washington, sailing from New York City to Bremerhaven, Germany. Shirley and her son, Rob, were sailing to Germany to join her husband, who was already stationed there.14 Shirley and Bob lived from 1953 to 1954 at Argonnen Stß, Bad Canstatt, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.11 Shirley Frances Woodman and Captain Robert Gladwin Roy were found on a passenger list on 21 October 1954; Lt. Robert and Shirley with their son, Robert A. bordered an aircraft of the Seaboard and Western Airlines and flew from Frankfurt to New York City.15 Shirley and Bob lived from 1955 to 1957 at Kimbro Loop, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia.16,11 Shirley lived from 1957 to 1978 at 33 Blanchard Circle, Athol, Massachusetts.11 Shirley lived from 1978 to 2007 at Petersham, Massachusetts.11

Shirley Frances Woodman, age 62, married Harry Clemens Buell, age 68 , son of Charles Edgar Buell and Mabel Lydia Clemens, on 10 November 1979 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Athol, Massachusetts.1,11,17,18 Shirley lived from 2007 to 2010 at 3016 Avalon Road, Paw Paw, Hampshire County, West Virginia.11 Shirley lived from 2010 to 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Cabot, Butler County, Pennsylvania.11 She died on 13 April 2016 at Cabot, Butler County, Pennsylvania, at age 98.3,5 Shirley's obituary of 26 April 2016, reads:

Shirley Buell

Shirley Buell, 98, of Cabot, formerly of Athol, Mass., passed away April 13 at the Concordia Lutheran Ministries Ortal Assisted Living Center.

Shirley was born Oct. 29, 1917, in Lowell, Mass., the daughter of Harry L. and Ruth E. (Ward) Woodman.

Shirley was active in the Girl Scouts and earned its highest award, the Golden Eaglet, in 1936. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1935 and Lowell Business School in 1937.

During World War II, she worked at the Army Hospital on Fort Devens, where she met her first husband, Capt. Robert G. Roy. During his military service, they lived in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Germany and Virginia. Upon his retirement in 1957, they settled in Athol.

Robert G. Roy died in 1966, and in 1979, she married Harry C. Buell, and moved to Petersham, Mass. Harry Buell died in 2002.

In 2008, she moved to West Virginia with her son and his family. In 2010, she moved to Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, living next door to her sister, Janice.

She worked at military hospitals at Fort Devens, Mass., Stuttgart, Germany, and Butler. After she moved to Athol, she worked at the former Minute Tapioca plant in Orange, Mass., and Athol Memorial Hospital.

She was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Athol, where she was a lay eucharistic minister, vestry person, youth leader and newsletter publisher. Mrs. Buell served on the board of directors for the former Peoples Bridge Action and worked on the polls and voter registration in Petersham.

An avid reader, she enjoyed sewing, embroidery, quilting, flower gardening and rug braiding.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Robert G. Roy and Harry C. Buell; and her sister, Janice Farmer.

Mrs. Buell is survived her son, AVCM Robert A. Roy of Paw Paw, W.Va; her grandson, Robert W. Roy of Wexford; and three stepsons, David Buell of North Sullivan, Maine, Larry Buell of Petersham and Charles Buell of Petersham. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren.

BUELL — Calling hours for Shirley Buell, who died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, with a Resurrection Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Athol.

Burial will follow at the Jones Cemetery in Orange.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John's Property Improvement Fund, 15 Park Ave., Athol, MA 01331.5

She was buried on 30 April 2016 at Jones Cemetery, Orange, Massachusetts.3,5


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  10. Census Bureau. 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Provo, Utah: Operations, 2012.
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