Shirley M. Gowing, 84, Carthage

CARTHAGE, NY —  Shirley Marie Gowing, 84, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at the Carthage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she had been a resident.

She was born on April 25, 1936, in Watertown, NY, a daughter of Orman R. and Helen Duford Parker.

Shirley worked her entire career as an assembler for Bomax in Watertown and retired after thirty five years.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved interior decorating.

Among her survivors are a daughter, Gina M. Grant, Black River; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph F. and Ruby Parker, Copenhagen; a sister, Barbara Evans, of Watertown; four grandchildren, Jason L. Randall, Jennifer (Gilbert) Tefft, Brendin and Joshua Gowing; four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trent, Brady and Colton Tefft; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by a son, Ronald F. Gowing, her husband, Francis F. Gowing and a brother, Donald Parker.

Arrangements are with the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at the Brookside Cemetery in the spring.

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