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Shirley E. (McPhee) Dupray


Shirley E. (McPhee) Dupray, 90, of Boxford Road, Rowley and longtime of High Street, Ipswich, died Thursday October 30, 2008 in the Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Clarence S. Dupray who died in 1990.

Born in Gloucester February 9, 1918, daughter of the late Percy and Mary E. (Melanson) McPhee, she was raised in Gloucester and was a graduate of  Gloucester High School. As a young woman she was employed as a secretary at the Birdseye Electric Company in Gloucester, and became Mr. Birdseye's personal secretary in both Gloucester and New York City. In 1939 she went to work for Sylvania in Ipswich where she met her late husband of  forty-three years. In the early 1950’s she and her husband were transferred to Sylvania in Wheeling, West Virginia for a short time, and returned to make their home and raise their family on High Street in Ipswich. She has lived with her son Donald and his family since 1999.  

Shirley was an avid walker. She enjoyed the beach and her worldwide travels with family and friends. She’ll be remembered as the first in town with her convertible top down.

She was an active member and past President of the Ipswich Women's Club, a volunteer at the Cranes Castle for the Trustees of the Reservation, a volunteer at the Ipswich Information Booth and Ipswich Visitor Center, and was longtime communicant of St. Mary's Church in Rowley, where for many years she served as secretary.

She is survived by a son, Donald D. Dupray and his wife Patricia of Rowley; a daughter, Carole Anne Dupray of Haverhill; two grandchildren, Donald D. Dupray, Jr. and Westley Dupray both of Rowley and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Robert McPhee formerly of Melbourne, FL. 

Her funeral will be held Monday 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a 10 am Funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church, Main Street, Rowley  with interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to  L’Arche Irenicon, P.O. Box 1177, Haverhill, MA 01831

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