OBITUARY

Shirley M. Avila

August 29, 1952May 29, 2018
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Shirley Avila, 65, of Dartmouth passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in her residence.

Born in Dartmouth, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Motta) Avila she was a lifelong Dartmouth resident and a graduate of Dartmouth High School.

Miss Avila worked in medical billing for Macedo’s Pharmacy. She also owned and operated her own business baking and decorating cakes. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, shopping, dancing, singing and music. Shirley loved all animals and also enjoyed reading, cooking, and baking. She will be remembered as a great babysitter and she always lived her life her way.

She is survived by three siblings, Joseph Avila, Jr. and his wife Dorothy of Dartmouth, Cynthia Merrill of KS, and Rosalie Baptiste and her husband Louis of Rochester; sister-in-law, Ruth Avila of Orlando, FL; 15 nieces and nephews, James, Shelley, Marc, Scott, Jenny, Michael, Susan, Michelle, April, David, Brianna, Linda, Rebecca, Rachael, and Rhonda; 28 great nieces and nephews, five great-great nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late James and Betty Avila and another sister who passed away at the age of four. She was the sister-in-law of the late Gary Merrill.

Her funeral will be Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:00 am in the WARING-SULLIVAN at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Burial will be private. Visitation will be Monday 4-8 pm. For online tribute and directions www.waring-sullivan.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the New Life for Paws charity which finds homes for stray, neglected and abandoned street dogs in Aruba. Donations can be made at https://www.newlifeforpaws.org/donate.

  • FAMILY

  • The late Joseph Avila, Father
  • The late Mary (Motta) Avila, Mother
  • Joseph Avila, Jr. and his wife Dorothy, Brother
  • Rosalie Baptiste and her husband Louis, Sister
  • Cynthia Merrill, Sister
  • Ruth Avila, Sister-in-law
  • She is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews, James, Shelley, Marc, Scott, Jenny, Michael, Susan, Michelle, April, David, Brianna, Linda, Rebecca, Rachael, and Rhonda; 28 great nieces and nephews, five great-great nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late James and Betty Avila and another sister who passed away at the age of four. She was the sister-in-law of the late Gary Merrill.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 5, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial
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Shirley M. Avila

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Joanne (Alfonse) Maura

June 7, 2018

Shirley and I were together in homeroom (thanks to alphabetical order) for 4 years of high school, and we also shared some business classes together. After school, we lost touch, but I used to run into her once in a while. The last time, she had a carload of cookies and cakes that she was delivering. She was always upbeat and happy with what she was doing. Her high school classmates, including myself, will always remember her as a sweet and kind-hearted person who always had a smile and kind word. The world will be diminished for her loss.

Joanne (Alfonse) Maura

June 7, 2018

Shirley and I were together in homeroom (thanks to alphabetical order) for 4 years of high school, and we also shared some business classes together. After school, we lost touch, but I used to run into her once in a while. The last time, she had a carload of cookies and cakes that she was delivering. She was always upbeat and happy with what she was doing. Her high school classmates, including myself, will always remember her as a sweet and kind-hearted person who always had a smile and kind word. The world will be diminished for her loss.

Dorothy Carvalho (Steele)

June 5, 2018

Deepest sympathies to the family. Remembering Shirley from childhood days in North Dartmouth

Jenny Lawrence

June 4, 2018

Tia Shirls,

I will always remember when you took me to the horse shows. Oh, how you loved your horses :) I will miss our phone conversations talking about ice skating, and when you reminisced about my dad. All your funny stories :) Our lunches and errands.

RIP

Love,
Jenny Lynn

Shelley Olm

June 4, 2018

Rest in peace Ti Firls. I will miss your phone calls and you reaching out to touch me through the phone. I will still watch Ninja Warrior and will continue to talk to you about it. I will just use a different phone. ❤❤

Scott Avila

May 31, 2018

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Biography

Shirley Avila, 65, of Dartmouth passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in her residence.

Born in Dartmouth, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Motta) Avila she was a lifelong Dartmouth resident and a graduate of Dartmouth High School.

Miss Avila worked in medical billing for Macedo’s Pharmacy. She also owned and operated her own business baking and decorating cakes. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, shopping, dancing, singing and music. Shirley loved all animals and also enjoyed reading, cooking, and baking. She will be remembered as a great babysitter and she always lived her life her way.

She is survived by three siblings, Joseph Avila, Jr. and his wife Dorothy of Dartmouth, Cynthia Merrill of KS, and Rosalie Baptiste and her husband Louis of Rochester; sister-in-law, Ruth Avila of Orlando, FL; 15 nieces and nephews, James, Shelley, Marc, Scott, Jenny, Michael, Susan, Michelle, April, David, Brianna, Linda, Rebecca, Rachael, and Rhonda; 28 great nieces and nephews, five great-great nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late James and Betty Avila and another sister who passed away at the age of four. She was the sister-in-law of the late Gary Merrill.

Her funeral will be Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:00 am in the WARING-SULLIVAN at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Burial will be private. Visitation will be Monday 4-8 pm. For online tribute and directions www.waring-sullivan.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the New Life for Paws charity which finds homes for stray, neglected and abandoned street dogs in Aruba. Donations can be made at https://www.newlifeforpaws.org/donate.