Shirley R. Scholes of Falmouth, passed away unexpectedly Saturday night, February 24, 2018, at Falmouth Hospital of natural causes surrounded by most of her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ethel Rush, and her younger brother Wendell. She is survived by her husband of almost 68 years (Marion); her two children Ray Scholes (wife Jill) of Findlay, Ohio and Wendy Scholes (husband Glenn Amaral) of North Falmouth. Shirley also leaves behind four grandchildren: Kate, Alison, Kathryn and Andrew along with 4 great-grandchildren: Jay, Ryan, Eli and Joanna.
Shirley was born in 1927 in Boston and spent most of her youth in Arlington during the school year and in Pocasset during summers. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1944 and went on to attend Wellesley College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1948.
Shirley was a very special person with many talents. After undergraduate school, she worked briefly at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a micro-paleontologist, before moving to Lawrence, Kansas to pursue a master’s degree at Kansas University. She was a trailblazer being one of the first women to pursue a master’s degree in geology, previously considered a “man’s occupation”. While at KU, she met her future husband Marion, a WWII Navy veteran, attending KU on the G.I. Bill. They married in 1950. Marion shortly thereafter went to work for Marathon Oil Company, initially stationed in Casper, Wyoming. Over the next 34 years, Shirley and Marion would move 11 times before finally retiring in the 80’s and moving to Falmouth to help care for her parents. Over the course of the 11 moves, Shirley set up households in 15 different homes. In addition to dealing with new school systems and new doctors and new dentists, etc. she became a wonderful cook as well as an avid cook book collector.
After moving to Falmouth, Shirley and Marion became very active in the Cape Cod Curling Club, curling for over 20 years. They enjoyed curling not only locally but also around the U.S. and Canada. Up until the time of her passing, Shirley was a member of the Falmouth rug hookers club and enjoyed telling people that she was an active hooker. She also volunteered for 30 years as an assistant librarian at the Mullen Hall School in Falmouth. Shirley had always liked tap dancing and locally took tap dance lessons for many years stopping when she was 87 after her instructor retired and went into a nursing home.
Shirley was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her kindness, sense of curiosity and sense of humor will be sorely missed by her family and friends. At her request, no services will be held. She asked that, in lieu of any flowers or other like recognition, those so moved should donate to the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation (diabetesaction.org).