Obituary: Shirley Ann (Poulin) Knox
OAKLAND – Longtime Oakland resident Shirley Ann (Poulin) Knox passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021, with her family by her side. She was born in Waterville, Maine on August 2, 1928, to Elmer and Leona (Kelley) Poulin. On October 30, 1948, Shirley married Richard E. Knox and together they raised four children. Throughout her life, Shirley has been involved with the Oakland Extension, the Girl Scouts (as a leader) and the Oakland Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club. She was an accomplished seamstress who sewed many wedding dresses and formal wear, unique and intricate Halloween costumes, outerwear, home decorations and personalized modifications for family, extended family and more. . Shirley was a staunch supporter of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their pursuits, attending countless sports games, concerts, dance recitals and other events locally and across the country. Later in life, she became a die-hard member of the Red Sox Nation. She celebrated every loss for the Yankees and often indulged in playful jokes with family members who cheered on the Bronx Bombers. Shirley was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Richard; his grandson, Caleb Damren; and her siblings, Bernadette, Violet (Sylvester), Elmer Jr., Carol, Arlene (Choate), Phyllis (Garvey), Janice (Glovski), Eugene, Martin, Delores (Paglia), Monty, Lawrence and Belva (Jalette) She is survived by her children, Lynda (and her ex-partner Richard) Pooler, Karen (and Peter) Damren, Steve (and Jody) Knox and Kelley (and Donny) Thompson; her grandchildren, Ty Pooler, Jaime (and Joey) O’Neal, Devon Pooler, Ian (and Stacey) Damren, Caitlyn Damren, Stevey Knox (and significant other Nick Leavitt), Ashley (and Scott) Drake, Cale Knox ( and significant other Nicole Smith), Kylee (and Mitchell) Eden and Saige Knight; her siblings, Richard, Betty Jo (and George) Foster and her sister-in-law, Sue Poulin; his great-grandchildren, Tylen (TJ) Pooler, Jayden Pooler, Sydney O’Neal, Mckyah Pooler, Brayden Robideau, Madison Robideau; and several nieces and nephews. A private burial will be held at Lewis Cemetery in Oakland. An outdoor celebration of life will take place at a later date. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Northern Light Continuing Care (Lakewood) and Beacon Hospice for their compassion and support. An online guestbook can be signed and memories shared on http: //www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.