Shirley A. Thomas

November 15, 2019
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Shirley A. Thomas

Shirley A. Thomas, 89, of New Hartford, NY and formerly of Gorham, NY, died on Friday, November 15, 2019, at Sitrin Health Care Center.

A Celebration of Life Party will be held at Preswick Glen Living Community, where Shirley lived, on Friday January 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home, Inc. of Gorham. Friends and family may call on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2020) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. A Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m.

Interment will be Gorham Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Shirley was born on February 4, 1930, in Canandaigua, NY, a daughter of the late Sidney and Leora Southerland, where she was raised and worked on the family dairy farm. She was the daughter of the late Sidney and Leora Southerland Thomas.
Shirley graduated from Gorham High School, Utica College of Syracuse University and Columbia University. She worked for many years at the Utica Psychiatric Center as a Psychiatric Social Worker.

Shirley was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of New Hartford. She enjoyed music, traveling and photography.

Shirley is survived by a nephew, Roger Root of Canandaigua; niece, Sandra Lewis and her husband, Ronald of Manlius; great-niece, Kara Lewis of Austin, TX and many cousins.

Shirley was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Root.

Please consider a donation to the First United Methodist Church of New Hartford, 105 Genesee St., New Hartford, NY 13413; or Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY 13502, in memory of Shirley.

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