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Shirley Whitney, 89

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It is with great respect and love we let everyone know our mother Shirley Frances Dubreuil Whitney has left with "baby Jesus" on Saturday Jan. 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 on Feb. 10, 1931, to Marie Lozo Dubreuil and Leo Dubreuil in North Adams, where they raised her and her seven siblings. 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 Theater and as a telephone operator on Bank Street. Her final professional career came as a dental assistant for Dr. Krizack and Dr. Nathaniel Greene until 1989.

She married the late Dewey Dexter Whitney of Stamford, Vt., on Jan. 19, 1951. They moved to Texas for a short period so her husband could serve in the 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, an 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 1960s, then became a regular at Harper Center, Spitzer Center, and Duplicate Bridge at the former Williams Inn.

During Shirley's last few weeks, the family had the constant support from the wonderful HospiceCare of the Berkshires and Elder Services staff. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: 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

Private family burial in the spring in Southview Cemetery.

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Marie, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your mother. She sounds like she was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Please extend my condolences to David and Jonah.
from: Karen Daigleon: 01-19-2021

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences at the passing of your mom....
from: Dick Alcombrighton: 01-19-2021

Sorry to hear of 'Tant Shirley's loss. She was a wonderful neighbor for us and the matriarch of her family.
from: Peter Haviland and Charlotte Degenon: 01-16-2021

Dear Marie,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My heart goes out to you and your family.
from: Eileen Glosteron: 01-15-2021

Marie I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories comfort you during these rough times ahead.
from: Judy Licht on: 01-15-2021

So sorry to read of your loss. Your mom was a great lady. I remember her as a kind soul and always smiling. As a young child she was able to make me feel so calm on my frequent visits to Dr. Greene's office.
With deepest sympathy,
from: The Tannerson: 01-13-2021

My sincere condolences to all of Shirley's family on the loss of this lovely woman. I know you all have many happy memories of your time together. May she rest in peace.
Terry Taft
from: Terry Tafton: 01-13-2021

I am so sorry to hear of of your mother's passing. I still remember all the times coming over to the house when I was a kid. From her supporting my school fundraiser, tracking down our dog playing in the pond, or even playing with Amanda when she was visiting. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Ashley Goodell (Gadebusch)on: 01-13-2021

I am so sorry to read about Shirley’s passing. She was a lovely woman. May your memories of happy times bring you smiles.
from: Maureen Taft Mooreon: 01-13-2021

I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I remember you visited your Mom every day in the early morning . My sincere condolences to you at this most difficult time . Love and prayers to you and your family. ❤️🙏🏼❤️
from: Dear Marie and family ,on: 01-13-2021

Marie and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Kathy Gwozdz
from: Kathy Gwozdzon: 01-13-2021

Dear Marie, Thinking of you at the difficult time. I hope you and the family will be comforted with the loving memories you share of special times with your mom. Sending love and hugs your way.
from: Cheryl Boillaton: 01-13-2021

Bruce, Marie and Leanne, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your families.
from: Barb Malinowskion: 01-13-2021

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Know you must have many happy memories to help get you through this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.
from: Linda Hurlbuton: 01-12-2021

Please know I am thinking of you and sending hugs your way.
from: Karen Lefaveon: 01-12-2021

Marie, I am sorry to learn of your mothers passing. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
from: Donna Sadlowskion: 01-12-2021

So sad to here of the passing of my dear tante Shirley. I have many fond memories of my time as a young child spent at her and uncle Dewey's farm in stamford. my condelences to all of her family.
from: Bob Dubreuilon: 01-12-2021