Shirley Ida Turner Dowd – December 6, 2021

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   COEYMANS HOLLOW -- Shirley Ida Turner Dowd, passed into the arms of the Lord on December 6, 2021, six days before her 96th birthday. She was born December 12, 1925 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania to George and Ida (Nauman)Turner. She lived most of her life in both Coeymans Hollow, New York and Rochester New Hampshire. She was the loving and proud wife of Albert Dowd.                              

     Shirley was an accomplished woman who was ahead of her times. She was the first woman on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Savings and Trust bank in Rochester, New Hampshire, as well as being on the Board of the Frisbee Memorial Hospital. She was President of the Haven Hill Garden Club and had one of her arrangement ornaments chosen to be placed on the Christmas tree at the White House. She was also appointed to the National Council of State Garden clubs as a Photographic Representative to the entire New England Region. She was an outstanding realtor who was named one of New Hampshire’s top six women in sales for 6 years running. An accomplished cook and consummate entertainer, she was named as “Cook of the Month” and featured in the Rochester newspaper. Shirley was an accomplished artist, and her artwork was displayed on the walls of the hospital and the Rochester bank. She studied photography under Gustave Lorey in Albany and New York City, was a member of the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York and was an admired photographer of family and wedding photos. Her baking and cake making skills were well known for weddings and special community occasions. She and Al loved their fishing trips, gardening, and adventures.

     Shirley is survived by her sons, Robert Collins (Deborah) of Kennebunk, Maine, Raymond Collins (Eileen)of Ravena, N.Y.; grandchildren, Heather Kulickowski (Eric) of Berwick, Maine, Robert Collins (Mary Ellen) of Aden, NC, Amy Halpin (Dave) of Colonie, NY, Erin Collins of Delmar, NY, Rebecca Collins of Ravena, NY Tiffany Leach (Tyler), Tristy Londorf (Roy) and Tawny Collins of Maine, Ryan Collins of Ravena, Matthew and Tyler Collins of New York; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. 

      Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Albert Dowd; brother, George Turner; sister, Jean Lovecky; son Richard Collins; and grandson Gavin Collins.

   Funeral services will be held 11 AM on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena, followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Coxsackie. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service starting at 10 AM.