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Shirley M. Ordway Elder
  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
    262 Danny Thomas Place
    Memphis, TN 38105
  • Massachusetts Humane Society
    PO Box 890127 87 Wharf St.
    East Weymouth, MA 02189

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“Jimmy, Stephen, Brian Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you now,Aunt Shirley as I always called her is now looking over us all she was...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Diane Levesque-Joyce - Marlboro, MA

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
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“Brian, Steve & Jimmy,We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Susan Bottafuoco - Valdese, NC

“Aunt Shirley I will always remember our days of shopping, I finally found someone ( when I was young) who liked to shop as much as me, I can still...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Brenda Verge - Auburn, MA

“Brian, Jimmy and Stevie.. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.... She is reunited with your Dad and her sisters and brothers and Mom and Dad.....Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: KAREN CHAPMAN - MARLBOROUGH, MA

“I know that you are with Pe-Pe now and you are at peace. Some of my greatest memories as a kid were with you and Pe-Pe and I will cherish those...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Kimberly Pescaro - Shrewsbury, MA

“Friday Heaven gained another Angel...Shirley was the best mother-in-law that I could have ever asked for...and the most loving and caring Memere to...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Doris Romer - Grafton, MA


Shirley M. (Ordway) Elder, 87, of Marlborough, MA departed this earth in the presence of family and went home to god on Friday, November 4, 2016.
A lifelong resident of Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Perley L. and Annette (Leduc) Ordway, and the wife of the late James A. Elder, Sr., who departed this earth too soon in 1996.
A member of St. Anne's Parish in Marlborough, Shirley spent her life raising her family, and was employed at Dura Binding Book Shop and in her later years at Space Age Electronics. A dedicated Catholic, for whom many hours were spent in prayer for others, always putting herself second, she cherished St. Anthony and attending Novena's faithfully. Her time spent with her family was perhaps her most cherished possession along with embracing her grandchildren and the care for their happiness.
Shirley loved to cook and listening to old country music. Some of her warmest memories were of the days spent with her many siblings celebrating wonderful holidays together in a loving home. She enjoyed her trips to Foxwoods with her sisters and friends. Shirley was always eager and ready for blueberry season and took multiple trips to the fields with her sister Phyllis, her niece and her children. Her strong spirit, great sense of humor and memorable laugh will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her sons, James A. Elder, Jr., and his wife Vera of Port Matilda, PA, Steven Elder of Leominster, Brian Elder of Marlborough, her brothers, Bobby Ordway of Minnesota, Charlie Ordway and Perley Ordway, Jr., both of Marlborough and her sister Marianne "Mamie" Shea of Hudson. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jason Elder, Justin Elder and Kim Pescaro and her great grandchildren, Victoria and Ryan Pescaro and Elizabeth Elder.
Shirley was also the sister of the late Annette Ordway, Buster "Lesley" Ordway, Gloria Moffa, Phyllis Richards, Warren "Billy" Ordway and Stella Cox.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 5-8 pm at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St. (Rt. 20) Northborough, MA. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson St., Marlborough, MA.
Donations may be made to the Massachusetts Humane Society, Inc., 87 E. Wharf St., PO Box 890127, E. Weymouth, MA 02189 or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.