1934 – 2015

AUBURN — Shirley L. Mansir, 80, of Portland, died on Saturday, May 2, at the Androscoggin Hospice House.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1934, the daughter of Lawrence and Dorothy (Dow) Mansir. Shirley graduated from Gardiner High School in 1952, continuing her education, graduating from Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing on Sept. 9, 1955. She later furthered her nursing training, going to the New Hampshire Psychiatric Hospital in Concord, N.H., and Charles V. Chapin Communicable Disease for three-month training in Providence, R.I.

She worked at Central Maine General Hospital in the surgical and medical unit, later graduating from Boston University to become one of the earliest nurse practitioners. She worked in Portland in a private doctor’s office, Togus VA in Augusta and Maine Medical Center, completing her nursing career as a discharge planning nurse.

Shirley traveled to many places with Dorothy Shaw and other friends. She had many hobbies, including gardening, tennis, golf, playing bridge and skiing. She was a dedicated volunteer teacher at Maine Handicap Skiing.

She is survived by her loving companion, Fred Rooney of Albany Township, with whom she also traveled extensively. They enjoyed many days of skiing in Maine, Europe and the western U.S. She spent many happy days at their cabin. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Mansir and wife, Harriet, of Randolph; sisters, Barbara Lamphier, Phyllis Stultz and husband, Don, Linda Smith of West Gardiner, Dianne McKenney of Sidney, Donna Hinckley and husband, Ray, of Manchester, and Pamela Mansir of Augusta.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents.

The family and her friends would like to especially thank the staff at Clover Care and Hospice House of Auburn for the exceptional care given to Shirley.

You may offer your condolences and view a video of Shirley at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

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