Shirley E. (Cheeks) Keough

February 20, 1935 - June 30, 2011
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Shirley E. Keough, 76, a longtime resident of Clover Road in Ludlow, passed to her eternal rest on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at home surrounded by family and friends. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 20, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Cheeks and Mildred Burby. Shirley was a faithful communicant of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, where she taught religious education and was an active volunteer. After staying at home to raise her five children, she worked for Sunshine Art Studio and Ludlow Chiropractic. Shirley was an active member of Massachusetts Citizens for Life and of the Blue Army. She was known for her gentle and forgiving spirit, her compassion and her dedication to the value of all human life. She had the privilege of working to bring Mother Teresa from India to speak at the University of Massachusetts for the Mass Citizens for Life. She was a gifted cook, an enthusiastic shopper, enjoyed traveling abroad and was fortunate to have the gift of friendship in her three Thursday night dinner friends, Rosemary Gilrein, Kay Mullins and Mary Jerz of Ludlow. During her years of illness, she was lovingly cared for by Kelly Moores, Peggy Dias and her “angel on earth,” Maryann Houle. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, John Keough, and her brothers Richard Burby, Robert Burby and Arthur “Bootsie” Cheeks. She is survived by her children Sharon Keough and Angelo Scuderi, Richard and Karen Keough, John Keough, Kathryn Conde and Trisha Keough; her grandchildren, Chrissy, Kevin, Kasie, Amanda, Alexa, Mateo and Drew; and her sister Carolyn Steere.

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Shirley’s family will receive friends and relatives during calling hours on Tuesday, July 5th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall Street, Ludlow.

Island Pond Cemetery
Center Street
Ludlow, MA 1056

St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church
42 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 1095


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Born: February 20, 1935
Died: June 30, 2011

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