Shirley May Booth of Fort Myers, Florida and formerly of Amenia, New York, passed away on Sunday, December 23 at the Shell Point Hospice Facility in Fort Myers, Florida. She was 90 years old. Her son, Matthew was at her side when she passed.
Shirley is survived by a devoted family including her loving son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Donna Booth, of Fort Myers, Florida and her devoted grand-daughter, Kimberly Jean Booth of Columbus, Ohio. Shirley is also survived by loving brothers Robert Cahill of Pine Plains, NY, Donald Cahill of Claverack, NY, Peter Cahill of Little River, SC, Thomas Cahill of Claverack, NY and sisters Betty Storm of Canaan, CT, Mary Martin of Torrington, CT, Virginia Golden of Torrington, CT and Margaret Wilson of Brockton, MA. She is also survived by dozens of caring and loving nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by her brothers Patrick Cahill, Fred Cahill Jr, William Cahill, John Cahill and by her sister Judy Hay.
Shirley was born in Millerton, New York, the devoted daughter of Fred Cahill Sr. and Alice Clum Cahill. As the oldest of 14 children, she proudly played a loving and important role in the rearing of her 13 brothers and sisters. She enjoyed a thirty-three-year career in the food services industry for the State of New York at the Wassaic State School, where she cultivated and relished many life long friendships. She was dedicated to her only son and worked tirelessly to ensure he received the opportunity for advanced education and lifelong success.
Shirley thoroughly enjoyed retirement in Port Orange, Florida where she was proud to purchase and own her very first home. She lived there independently for nearly twenty-five years. She also enjoyed traveling and seeing the country with her close friends. Shirley loved hosting her family when they visited her “sunshine” state home.
The Booth family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the entire staff of the Shell Point Hospice Center in Fort Myers, Florida for the amazing care and support they showed Shirley at the end of her life. There is no question that those who choose to work and volunteer at Hospice are truly angels walking among us.
A memorial service and internment for Shirley will take place at the Cahill family plot in Pine Plains, New York at a time to be determined by the family.