Shirley Locke's Story
Shirley Locke Holmes died on October 1, 2016 at The Meadows at Edgewood in North Andover, at the age of 90.
Born in Malden, Shirley was the daughter of the late Everlyn Marie (Giles) Holmes and Charles Leslie Holmes, both born in Farmington, N.H. Shirley never knew her sister, Dorothy Louise Holmes, who died at a young age before Shirley was born.
Shirley grew up in southern New Hampshire and graduated from the Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, N.H. After high school, Shirley obtained an Associate’s degree in Secretarial Studies from Colby Junior College in New London, N.H. before receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from Boston University.
Shirley worked in advertising for several trade magazines including Horticulture Magazine. Working for magazines allowed Shirley to hone her skills in layout, copywriting, and design. Shirley co-founded a printing company with her former husband, Donald Sheehan, where she continued to build upon her production knowledge. After working in the printing industry for 25 years, Shirley left the field and obtained an Associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Northern Essex Community College. Shirley’s love for learning never ceased.
In addition to her love of learning, Shirley had a passion for photography and an affinity for genealogical research. Shirley traveled the world taking pictures and even built a darkroom in her Andover home to nurture her dedication. Having tremendous pride in her family’s heritage, Shirley pursued courses in genealogical research and was an active member of the Locke Family Association.
Shirley lived a long, active life. She was extremely pleased to live her remaining days at The Meadows in Andover as Andover was her chosen home.
Private services will be held and interment will be at the family plot in Farmington, N.H.
Published on  November 10, 2016