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Shirley Kelly Gwin

Shirley May Kelly Gwin, 92, of North Beaver Township died peacefully at UPMC – Jamison Hospital on Saturday April 14, 2018 following a short illness.

Born December 2, 1925 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Anna Haggerty Watt. The last of the family, she was the 15th of 17 children all of whom are deceased.

Shirley attended New Castle High School and worked for Bell Telephone and Shenango Pottery for several years. In 1948, Shirley married Donald Kelly, with whom they had four children, Richard, Patricia, Rodger, and Bruce. At this time, she lived in Wampum and worked at the Wampum Post Office and later Zubebuhler, H.R. Inc. After Donald died in 1984, she married Charles Gwin in 1989, living with him in a home he built until her death.

She is survived by her four children; husband, Charles; 2 grandchildren, Shawn and Tracey; 3 great grandchildren, Olivia, Carson and Joey; and 3 great-great grandchildren, Kix, Leighton and Lainey and 3 step children, Kay, Neal and Joyce and their families.

Shirley was well loved by her family and friends. She enjoyed remarkably good health with few medications. Following double-knee surgery in 2001, she quickly returned to square dancing and traveling to visit family in Minnesota. She enjoyed her membership in the Wampum Methodist Church, reading, crossword puzzles, dancing, and shopping!

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Wampum Methodist Church on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm with her pastor, Rev. Todd Davis officiating. Visitation with family and friends and a reception will occur at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wampum Methodist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home of Wampum. Online condolences may be sent to


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