Shirley Forts

Shirley Ann Forts (Gaulin)

Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Shirley Ann Forts, age 91, of Meredith NH, formerly a long-time resident of Moultonborough NH, passed away peacefully in her home on June 21, 2019.

Shirley was born on September 19, 1927, in Glens Falls, NY and grew up in Troy. She married the love of her life, Bernard J. Forts on October 29, 1949 and together they’ve enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage. The couple settled in Watchung, NJ where they raised 4 children, Brian, Sheryl, Jeffrey and Ann.

Shirley was a graduate of Catholic Central High in Troy and College of St. Rose in Albany, where she studied nursing. Upon graduation she worked as an obstetrics nurse at St. Mary’s hospital in Troy and American Legion Hospital in Newark, NJ.

Shirley was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was proud of her family and excited to be “Nana” to her 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Shirley loved holidays and family gatherings; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing meals for her family.

Shirley was known for her gentle, loving spirit and sense of humor. She enjoyed community theater, tennis, and volunteering at Golden View Health Care, where she brought communion to residents for over 20 years. For many years Shirl and Bern traveled the world with their beloved daughter Annie, sharing her inspirational message about life with “UP” Syndrome.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Shirley was survived by her beloved husband Bernie Forts, her daughter Sheri MacMillan, son Jeff, daughters-in-law, Carla and Patricia, sister Nancy O’Brien, 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving children Brian and Annie, her parents Raymond and Genevieve Gaulin, her brother Richard and 4 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather at Mayhew Funeral Home, Route 3 and Cataldo Road, Meredith, NH on Thursday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Meredith.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help feed disadvantaged students in the Lakes Region during the summer months. Checks may be payable to: St. Charles Borromeo Church, PO Box 237, Meredith, NH 03253. (in the memo: “GOT LUNCH”),
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, June 27th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mayhew Funeral Home
    204 D.W. Highway
    Meredith, NH 03253
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  • Service

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
    300 NH Route 25
    Meredith, NH 03253
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    Rev. Msgr. Gerald R. Belanger
  • Interment

    NH Veteran's Cemetery
    110 Daniel Webster Highway
    Boscawen, NH 03303
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Posted at 10:41am
With sympathy to the family. May the memories you have shine through the sadness within your hearts. Please go to Jehovah God in prayer because He will comfort you. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.

The Ayers, Grip and Waite Families

Posted at 07:30pm
Shirl touched our families with her love and cheerful spirit! We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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