Shirley Conklin, 88, of Salsbury Cove passed away peacefully at home Dec. 26, 2020, with her loving sister Arlene by her side. She was born on Nov. 4, 1932, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Martin and Helen (Zitnay) Zuzick.
She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, John Roland Conklin, and her loving partner of 20 years, Skip Parsons. Shirley is lovingly remembered by her son Thomas Conklin and wife, Lynn, of Brownville; daughter Kathy Geanuracos and husband, James, of Monroe, Conn.; two sisters, Alice Mahan and Arlene Zuzick; four brothers, Martin Zuzick and wife, Mary Jane, Theodore Zuzick and wife, Judy, Robert Zuzick, David Zuzick and wife, Cathy; three grandchildren, Christine Geanuracos and fiancé James Talcott, Elena Geanuracos Thomas and husband, Adam, and Andrew Conklin; one great-grandchild, Addison Conklin, and many nieces and nephews.
Shirley began her career as a beautician in Darien, Conn., while raising her family in Monroe. She and her husband then moved to Brownville, Maine, and started a construction business. They enjoyed their work and the Maine lifestyle; no challenge or job was too big for Shirley. Following her husband’s passing, Shirley met “Skip” Parsons and a courtship ensued. She eventually moved to Salsbury Cove in 2000. She immediately became an active member of the community, joining the Eden Baptist Church and volunteering at Mount Desert Island (MDI) Hospital. She went on to become the president of the MDI Hospital Auxiliary. Shirley committed to supporting the MDI Hospital in its mission to strengthen the health of the community. She assisted with blood drives, health fairs and all-volunteer services. She also collected and donated to charitable foundations and hosted church sales.
Shirley was once quoted as saying, “I don’t feel like I’m anything special, but I just like to help people and make a difference in their lives.” She never fully realized just how special she was. She loved spending time with family, exercise classes, cards with her many friends, a good book, knitting and dancing.
At Shirley’s request, no services will be hosted. A private interment for family will take place at Pine Tree Cemetery in Brownville in the spring. Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to: Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or MDI Hospital Auxillary, P.O. Box 8, 10 Wayman Lane, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.