Welcome to the memorial page for

Shirley C. (Monroe) Lawlor

April 29, 1924 ~ January 2, 2017 (age 92)

Shirley C. Lawlor, 92, of Haverhill formerly of North Andover, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen surrounded by her family.

Shirley was born in Methuen to the late Frank and Amelia (Hamilton) Monroe on April 29, 1924. She was raised and educated in Lawrence. Shirley was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Lawlor Sr., retired North Andover Police Chief who passed away in 1995.

Shirley loved to spend time traveling with her husband, family and friends. For many years she was the hostess at her home on Stevens Street for the Friday night card games with relatives and neighbors. She also never missed an episode of her favorite soap operas, As The World Turns and The Guiding Light.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Hannah Duston Healthcare Center in Haverhill for the exceptional care given to Shirley these last few years, as well as the staff on St. Annie’s floor at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Shirley is survived by her son Brian Lawlor and his wife Michele of Boxford, daughter in law Debra Long and her husband Michael of North Andover, grandchildren Chad, Jarrad, Corey Lawlor and Heather Long, all of North Andover, Brianna and Brady Lawlor of Boxford, great-grandchildren Shane, Logan, Kendall, and Blake Lawlor of North Andover, sister Ruth Budd of Beverly, sisters-in-law Carmel Monroe of Hull and Connie Monroe of Mystic, CT, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Joseph W. Lawlor Jr., who passed away in 1981, as well as her 15 brothers and sisters.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, January 5, 2017, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the chapel at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery in North Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital or to a charity of one’s choice. To send an online condolence, please visit,

 Service Information

Calling Hours
January 5, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home
80 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844

Funeral Service
January 6, 2017

10:30 AM
Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home
80 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844


Ridgewood Cemetery
177 Salem Street
North Andover, MA 01845

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