Obituary: Margaret Shirley Nelson – Portland Press Herald



Margaret shirley nelson

Margaret Shirley Nelson 1927 – 2021 WEST BATH – Margaret Shirley Nelson, 94, of West Bath, died at Winship Green in Bath after eight years of illness. Shirley was born in Bath on July 21, 1927 to Arthur “Benny” and Margaret “Peg” Curran Bourget. She attended schools in Bath, including Morse High School. She was very proud to have obtained her GED later in life. She attended the Sainte-Marie church. Shirley married Albert Ray Nelson Sr. on September 10, 1948. In 1954 they welcomed their son, Albert Ray Nelson, Jr. Shirley worked at Congress Sportswear for several years and enjoyed playing on their bowling team. She loved to decorate cakes for special occasions. She and Ray have owned a family camp at Pleasant Pond in Litchfield for over 20 years. They also enjoyed taking a walk on Popham Beach with their German Shepherd, Heidi. They were both avid Boston Celtics fans. She continued to watch the games long after Ray died in 1988. Shirley enjoyed day trips to new places and dining out. Shirley took great pleasure in this when she visited the Lincoln County Museum and Old Jail with her family for her 75th birthday. A reporter from a local newspaper was there, and Shirley’s birthday trip was part of the print story. It made the day more special. Shirley was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Albert Ray Nelson, Sr .; her brother, Richard Bourget, a sister and her husband, Marilyn and Irving Hanna, and a brother-in-law, Donald Colby. She is survived by her son, Albert Ray Nelson, Jr., his wife Kerry and his beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth, a sister, Marjorie Colby, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. At Shirley’s request, there will be a private funeral service on the family grounds of Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath. The family would like to thank the Winship Green Center for Health and Rehabilitation and all of its staff for the loving care they provided to Shirley (known as Margaret). They will surely miss his colorful interactions. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit

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