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Grace Shirley (McGrath) Cain, 81, of Andover, formerly of North Andover, Mass. passed peacefully on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Academy Manor Nursing Home in Andover.
She was born in Lawrence on August 2, 1935, daughter of the late Thomas E. McGrath and Evelyn A. (Fraize) McGrath. Shirley was educated in the Lawrence Schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School in June of 1952.

Shirley worked as a Stewardess in her younger years in Northeast Airlines in Boston, at the Internal Revenue Services and as a Teacher’s Aide at the Arlington School in Lawrence while she was raising her children. She later retired from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to her family she had a wonderful sense of humor. The family would like to give a special thank you to her best friend of 72 years, Doris Ebert Lapadula who visited her regularly since 2013 at the Academy Manor Nursing Home. They share many memories and as usual great laughs. Also special thanks to all the staff at the Academy Manor Nursing Home who gave her wonderful care during her four-year stay. Especially to the third floor A3 nursing staff, who as they told me she was much loved here and we will all miss her terribly, she was one of a kind. Shirley was loved for her wonderful sense of humor, and when she would laugh, everyone would laugh.

She was so proud of her three grandsons and was very involved in their lives as a wonderful caring grandmother. Her love of animals, nature, the Beach, Florida, she would never sit still, always looking for the next adventure.

Wife of the late Thomas A. Cain, Jr. who passed in 2013

Shirley’s family members include her son, Daniel T. Cain and Sara Nickerson of Salem, N.H; her daughter, Colleen E. Bell and Barry Tardugno of Salem, N.H.; her grandsons, Derek E. Bell and Ryan T. Bell of Methuen, and Jake Cain, also of Methuen; her brother, Bernard McGrath of Azusa, Calif., as well as four nieces and nephew, all of California; her sister-in-law, Mary (Cain) Canto of Methuen. She was predeceased by her stepfather, George Connelly.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 122 Amesbury Street, Lawrence. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Saint Monica’s Church in Methuen. Burial will follow in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in North Andover. For online condolences and other information please visit us at www.breenfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 1, 2017
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