Shirley Tufts  Lane
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Lexington, MA - Shirley Tufts Lane passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Shirley was a resident of Lexington since 1979 and active in many activities in Lexington. She is called the heart and soul of the Lexington Chapter of the DAR and an expert in genealogy research. Her ancestry dates back to William Doty who came over on the Mayflower and includes Colonel James Barrett of Concord, whose house is now part of the Minuteman Park. She was a member of the 300th Lexington Anniversary Committee, the Mayflower Society and the Tufts Kinsman Society. For her activities and support of Lexington, she was awarded the Lexington Cane, which is awarded to longtime Lexington residents who are actively involved in the community and who are an inspiration to others. Well-traveled, she led a church group of young people to do charitable work in Greece and visited Egypt and Israel. Shirley was a graduate of Tufts University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She taught high school in Malden and was much loved by her students. She is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Andrew (Bud) Arthur Lane of Seaview Farm in Rockport, Mass. Shirley and Bud met at Tufts University and quickly fell in love. They married before WWII and corresponded frequently while Bud served overseas. They spent lots of time with Bud's brothers and sister in Rockport and would ride horses at Seaview Farm, go to Old Garden Beach, and play with Bud's young nieces and nephews. They owned the Flying Bridge Antique and Novelties shop on Bearskin Neck, and the wooden sailors, which Bud made, can still be seen today on the top of the building. Shirley loved to knit and was famous for knitting lovely baby sweaters, blankets, mittens and hats. She was an avid reader and loved reading about history and genealogy. On the Tufts side of the family she is predeceased by her sister Pricilla (Tufts) Brown of Maryland, and survived by her nieces Judith Woodworth and Beverley Fields; and many great- (and great-great) -nieces and -nephews. On the Lane side of the family she is predeceased by brother and sister-in-laws Roy (Clara) Lane of Essex; Margaret (Norman) Swanson of Rockport; Charles (Miriam) Lane of Rockport; and John E. Lane of Rockport and nieces Jean (Jack) Hyland and June Lane of Rockport and nephew Donald Swanson of Hamilton. She is survived by her nieces and nephews Judy (Paul) Schroeter of Hingham; Norman (Barbara) Swanson of Ipswich; Charles (Mary Jane) Lane of Rockport; David (Claire, 2019) Lane of Essex; James (Margaret) Lane of Georgia and Rockport; and niece-in-law Ellen (Donald,1995) Swanson of Hamilton; She is also survived by many great (and great-great and even great-great-great) nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed at the monthly Lane cousins' breakfasts at Lobsta Land in Gloucester. Shirley was always a gracious and loving person, and Heaven just got a lot more special.
Published on October 21, 2019


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