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Darlene Downing-Garthwait

I want to send My Condolences to my Cousins Cher Golas, Shane Morell and Shelly Keegan. Also, to My Mom Emily Downing, (aunts) Arlene Williamson, Dorothy MacGregor, Crystal Granata, and Their Families. A week ago Heaven gained an Angel (Aunt Shirl ) Shirley Morell who was truly an angel on earth. She gave her a heart and soul to help her Family and Friends. There are so many precious memories that we shared. As far back as I can remember as a child. You were good at a lot of things but three things that stand out is when You were Rainbow the Clown, making your Beautiful Wedding Cakes and Loving Your Family and Friends with that Big Heart of Yours. You have always been there for Me through good times and bad. You’ve been like a mother to me. I am going to miss you terribly. There is an emptiness in My Heart that has Your Name on it. I will Love You and Miss You Always, Your Dolly.

Linda Runkle

I never got to spend much time with Shirley but no matter where I saw her she always had time to stop and chat. She was a loving person and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 🙏🙏 go out to you and your family Cher.

Shelly and Tucker

We loved your mom she was always so sweet kind soul. Tracy and Cher glad mom was down there with you’s.she had the kindest voice that could make anyone comfortable. We hope to see you soon we love you guys To Shelley and Jimi, Shane and Tara our thoughts are with you guys

Michael Patrick Downing

Aunt Shirley you will truly be missed by myself and so many others. You have shined a light to us all and we will miss that light and ray of hope. I recall so many fond memories from childhood to adulthood where you shared so many amazing moments. From teaching me to cut glass, frost cakes, be a clown to hatching butterflies, you have made this world a better place. I love you more than words can say. Your Michael and family

Shirley Ann Morell


Shirley Ann Morell, 74 of Fernandina Beach,FL (formally of Norwich & Montville, CT) passed away on March 18,2024 peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Born on June 28th, 1949 in Norwich, CT to the late Cecile Provencher Marceau Filburn and Frank Marceau (Xavier Alphonse Marceau). She grew up in Norwich, CT. She married the love of her life Donald Kenneth Morell on October 4, 1969. Shirley was a gentle, loving person that loved people deeply; you could feel that love as soon as you were in her presence.

She loved nature. She was all about helping Monarch Butterflies breed and spreading that joy to others by teaching, showing and giving them the tools and knowledge to have them help to multiply the monarchs to bring joy to all. She loved all creatures big and small. Blue birds were another animal she would help by having houses for them to breed, mealworm for them to eat keeping them and their young happy and healthy.

She also loved Our Lord Jesus and prayed and talked to him daily. She had a long prayer list for all her loved ones that she would send often to St Michaels church here in Fernandina Beach, FL, candles were lit at all times for us all also. Thanks to her good friend Karen and Michael and the rest of parishioners at St Michaels, she was able to get Holy Communion brought to her weekly at her home.

She worked many different jobs through the years. From mill work, chicken farms..... In the last 40 yrs of her life she was Rainbow the Clown doing birthday parties, going to her grandchildren's schools to bring joy, Nursing homes, community events... She worked for Foxwoods casino as a hostess and server for many years also.

She leaves behind Cher (Morell) Golas, her husband, Tracy of Fernandina Beach, FL and their children, Devan Golas and his wife, Marissa of Las Vegas, NV; Nathan Golas and his girlfriend, Jessica Milefski of Fernandina Beach, FL; Shane Morell his wife, Tara, their son, Cody Morell and his girlfriend, Megan Collins and their son, Franklin Morell of Yulee, FL; Shelley (Morell) Keegan her husband, Jimi and their children, Zackary Keegan and Tara Birch her husband, Joe and their children, Connor Michael, Tucker James and Jacob Joseph.

She is predeceased by Donald Morell, her husband; Cecile Filburn, her Mother; Frank Marceau her father; Wyatt Kenneth Birch Great Grandson; her brother Anthony Marceau; her sisters Florence Nowakowski, Diane Torrey and Theresa Latham.

Shirley leaves behind her sisters, Emily Downing of Salem, CT; Dorothy MacGregor of Fernandina Beach, FL; Crystal Granata of Norwich, ; Arlene Williamson of Griswold, CT and many nieces and nephews that she loved so dearly.

Services will include a Celebration of Life that will be held sometime this year in Connecticut for her and Donald to be set to rest at St. Josephs Cemetery in Norwich, CT.


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