Livonia: Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 2, 2017 at age 86 years. Predeceased by her husband Floyd Lindsay, her son Timothy “Floyd” Lindsay, and her brothers; Richard, William, and James “Larry” Bishop. Survived by her daughters; Shirley Ann Lindsay-Dobrowolski of St. Petersburg, FL and Barbara Lindsay-Briggs of Canandaigua. Also survived by grandchildren; Ronnie (Emily) Briggs, Gabriel Briggs (Jillian), Moriah (Michael) Schojan, Lindsay (Eric) Heneka, Austin and Heath Dobrowolski; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerry (Nancy) Bishop and Charles Bishop; 2 sisters in law, Doris Bishop of Caledonia and Pat Bishop of Avon. Many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Shirley was born on July 31, 1930 in Rush, New York to Agnes and Fred Bishop. She was the big sister to 5 younger brothers. She often regaled her children with the stories of her childhood and what it was like to be the eldest of 5 mischievous little brothers. She both attended and graduated from Avon Central School. After graduation, she attended Continental School of Beauty. Shirley was in her teens when she met her future husband and the “love of her life”, Floyd, at the Avon theatre where she was an usherette. They were married on May 23, 1953. After their marriage, she and Floyd lived in Caledonia, Avon, and Rochester before settling into their home in Livonia. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. Along with her husband Floyd, Shirley was very active in the American Legion. She served in the Legion Women’s Auxiliary for many years where she helped with the Annual Children’s Christmas Party, the Sunday Morning Breakfasts, preparing gift boxes for active duty soldiers and veterans, and marching in the Memorial Day Parades. Shirley was a gifted seamstress and shared this knowledge and skill with her daughters and granddaughter. She was very creative and enjoyed writing poetry, refinishing antique furniture, canning the vegetables from her garden, knitting, and other various arts and crafts. Shirley and Floyd both loved camping and many summers were spent camping in the Adirondacks with their three children and later with their grandchildren. Many will remember her for the great service and warm greeting she offered her customers at Maxim’s restaurant where she waited table for so many years. In the 1980’s, Shirley briefly operated and taught at a small Aerobics Studio in Livonia. Later in her life, Shirley attended Monroe Community College where she took several classes in interior design. Shirley loved all her family, but especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was ever present at their ball games, dance recitals, graduations, birthday parties, and holidays. Shirley often traveled to Florida where she also loved spending time with her son and daughter and grandchildren. Shirley truly loved life and her family and it was evident by her generosity and willingness to give so much of herself to anyone who asked. Her passing will forever leave a huge void in the hearts and lives of those of us who knew her best and loved her most.
A Graveside Service to Celebrate Shirley’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 27th, at 11am at Union Cemetery, Big Tree Road, Livonia, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Harrison-Lee American Legion Post 283, 3850 Federal Road, Livonia, NY 14487. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit: