AUBURN — Shirley Delores Anderson, 72, of Oquossoc, passed away Nov. 11, at the Hospice House.

She was born April 10, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Carmen and Caroline Buccieri.

She studied piano and voice at a very young age, was awarded first prize on Burt’s Amateur Hour, was an accompanist for several dance studios and was a valued member of the musical organizations at West Technical High School in Cleveland. She studied piano under William Kurzban at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Gil Plumley at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1960. While attending Baldwin Wallace, she met and married her husband, Bert, at the college chapel in 1958. She pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Texas and Boston University. While her husband taught music theory and composition, she was a member of the preparatory teaching staff in piano and an active performer at Baldwin Wallace, Saint Lawrence University and Capital University.

Shirley and her family moved to Maine in 1980 and owned and operated Flybuck Camps in Oquossoc and later South Arm Campground in Andover. She taught piano and elementary music at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, was active as a performer and accompanist and assisted at various local churches. She particularly enjoyed attending and playing the pump organ at the historic Oquossoc Log Church.

She took joy in camping, hiking, sailing in the Florida Keys in the winter, and exploring the southwest in their RV. She loved feeding the birds and nurturing her many plants that the deer did not manage to consume every spring. A classically trained pianist, she recently enjoyed exploring and playing the differing styles of Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck and George Shearing.

She is survived by her husband, Bert; her two sons, Erik and Devin and their wives, Lynne and Cynthia; six grandchildren, Tristan, Ellis, Lillian, Samuel, Tucker and William; and sister Carol and her husband, Roger Lockhart, of Cleveland, Ohio and their two sons and respective families.

The family would like to thank all of the staff of the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice organization for their compassion, help and support.

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