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ASHLAMD – Shirley Elaine Fahey, 85, of Ashland passed away Thursday April 29,2021, after a period of declining health. 

Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Ellen O’Malley. 

Shirley grew up in Ashland where she met and married Richard (Dick) Fahey who died in 1992.          

  Shirley graduated from Ashland High School and Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked as a Registered Nurse at Framingham Union Hospital for many years and later at Cushing Hospital. 

Shirley enjoyed reading, bingo, flowers, and ceramics, but her true passion was being a kind and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is the loving mother of Debra O’Brien and her fiance’ Robert Smith of Falmouth, Diane Zapert of Eastham, Susan Dunham and her partner David Schott of East Falmouth, loving mother of the late Ricky Fahey who died in 2011, and devoted sister to the late Sandra O’Malley who died in 2019.  She was a loving grandmother to, Lindsay Fawkes, Ashley Zapert, Daniel and Timothy O’Brien, Kylee, Justin, Taylor, and Morgan Dunham, Jaime Hardin, and Danielle Fahey, and great-grandmother to, Colin Fawkes, the late Stella Fawkes, Declan Fawkes, Emily and Brendan O’Brien, and Brekley-Rae Hardin.

Shirley’s family would like to thank all of the nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists at Framingham Union Hospital as well as the staff at the Residence at Valley Farm for all their care over the past years.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Shirley’s life. 

Donations in her name may be made to The March for Babies(March of Dimes) –

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