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Shirley Whitney

Shirley Frances Whitney

Tuesday, February 10th, 1931 - Saturday, January 9th, 2021
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It is with great respect and love we let everyone know our mother Shirley Frances (Dubreuil) Whitney has left with “baby Jesus” on Saturday January 9, 2021. She was mother to Bruce Whitney, Marie Kelly-Whitney, Leanne & Robert Briggs. Devoted Memere to her five grandchildren Amanda Chapman, Emma & Julia Whitney, David, and Jonah Kelly-Whitney. Gigi to her two great-grandsons Alexander and Maximus Boudreau.
Shirley was born (February 10, 1931) to Marie (Lozo) and Leo Dubreuil where they raised her and her seven siblings in North Adams, MA. She attended the former Notre Dame Parochial School and graduated from Drury High School in 1950.
In her younger years, Shirley worked at the Mohawk Theatre and a telephone operator on Bank Street, North Adams. Her final professional career came as a dental assistant for Dr. Krizack and Dr. Nathaniel Greene until 1989.
She married Dewey Dexter Whitney (Stamford, VT) on January 19, 1951. They moved to Texas for a short period so her husband could serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood. During those years, she worked in the officer’s club to earn extra income for their family.
Shirley’s greatest accomplishment was having a loving family. From the beginning, she wanted to adopt her children. Along with the financial assurance of her father-in-law (Ira D. Whitney) and Mrs. Helen Riley (adoption agent), they were able to adopt and love three children. These children grew up to be well-educated adults, who could lean on their mom for help with raising their own children. Memere to her grandchildren, Shirley happily volunteered to baby-sit, car-pool, feed, and smother them with her relentless love. In the past few years, she was able to meet and love her great-grandchildren and taught them to say good-bye with the phrase, "Au revoir.”
Outside of her family, Shirley’s interests were being an expert bridge player, having coffee with her beloved friends, and enjoying weekly outings. She started playing in the Hospital League in the 1960’s, then became a regular at Harper Center, Spitz’ Center, and Duplicate Bridge at the former Williams Inn.
During Shirley’s last few weeks, the family had the constant support from the wonderful Hospice of the Berkshires and Elderly Services staff. There will be no calling hours. A private family burial at the Dubreuil family lot in Southview Cemetery will happen later this spring. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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Jill Pompi

Posted at 10:02am
I am so sorry to read this. As a child, I had Dr. Greene as a dentist. I hated going to the dentist, but always loved to see Shirley... she was the best!

Kate Dubreuil

Posted at 02:28pm
May the memory of your mother live on for many years to come.
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