Ann Rebecca (Shirley) Toll, 87, Psychiatric Nurse

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FRAMINGHAM – Ann R. Toll, 87, died on February 21, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by family, after a 3 year battle with lung cancer.

Ann Rebecca (Shirley) Toll was born in Manchester, NH. on December 24, 1934. She was the youngest daughter of Walter & Hazel (Young) Shirley of Manchester, NH.

In addition to her husband of 65 years, William P. Toll, Ann leaves behind her daughter & son-in-law Katherine (Toll) & Peter Plucinski along with her 2 precious grandchildren, Shirley & Benjamin Plucinski. Auntie Ann, as she was known, was also beloved by many nieces & nephews. Ann was predeceased by both of her parents, her older sister, Pricilla (Shirley) Murphy, and her son, Walter P. Toll.

Ann grew up in Manchester, NH., graduating from West High School in 1952.

In 1955, Ann earned a Nursing degree from Moore General Hospital in Grasmere, NH. She worked as a Surgical Nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston from 1955 to 1956.

In 1956, she married William (Bill) Toll, after which they lived in both Houston, Texas & Ogden, Utah, while Bill served in the US Air Force.

In 1962, they moved back to New England & settled in Framingham, raising their 2 children and remaining there until her death.

Ann returned to work in 1976 as a Psychiatric Nurse at Framingham Union Hospital until retiring in 1993.

Ann was an active member of Plymouth Church in Framingham, MA. In the nearly 60 years that she has been a member, she served on several committees & volunteered for many of the activities that the church sponsors, including going to New Orleans on two separate mission trips, to help rebuild homes after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Ann continued to attend in person worship services until her latest health crisis made live-streaming the most practical method for her to continue to “attend” Sunday services.

Ann was a longtime member of Al-Anon Parent’s Support Group, through which she made many friends & found a supportive network that truly sustained her over many years.

Ann was also a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, Framingham Chapter, since 2005.

Ann traveled extensively, having visited countries on 6 of the 7 continents! She traveled mostly with her husband, but she also took many trips with other family members, several of her longtime friends & also with fellow church members. Among her favorite places were Hawaii & Germany, which she visited multiple times, including a trip to Germany with her daughter, son-in-law & grandchildren in 2010.

Since 1998, Ann has spent summers at her beautiful lake home on Merrymeeting Lake in NH. She especially enjoyed time spent with her niece, Dawn Spooner, and her family who also have a home on the lake. It was there she discovered that she could sit for hours just “Doing Nothing” while enjoying the idyllic setting & spectacular sunsets.

Ann enjoyed a full life, filled with fun times & adventures spent with dear family members & great friends!

Calling hours will be Friday, March 4, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, MA.

There will be a private burial in NH in the Spring, date yet to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Al-Anon Family Groups of Massachusetts, Plymouth Church in Framingham, MA., Good Shepherd Community Care Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

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