Former Garden Club president, Bloom ’N Art founder, lover of outdoors
Shirley Boudreau. (Courtesy photo)
Shirley Ann (Andler) Boudreau, 69, of Harvard, died April 18, 2020, in her home following a long illness. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, and a cherished member of the community. She is survived by her husband Mark Boudreau; her children, Jesse of Harvard, Leah of Medford, and Joseph of Worcester; grandson Carter of Harvard; and sister Phyllis Roseman of Greenwich, Connecticut. She is predeceased by her parents Harry and Lillian Andler, and brother Alan Andler.
Shirley is most remembered for her warmth, good humor, and generous spirit. A gifted conversationalist and persuader, she always encouraged others and tapped into people’s talents, easily cultivating friendships and working relationships. She was an accomplished gardener and chef, and a budding pastel artist. Countless plants that she propagated can be found in the gardens of friends and fellow members of the Garden Club of Harvard. A longstanding member, she held many leadership roles, including club president. Shirley’s most visible legacy is Bloom ’N Art, established in 2017 and now an annual springtime event exhibiting the works of Bromfield’s student artists, interpreted by Garden Club members with arrangements of flowers and other plant material, and exhibited at the public library. Shirley was the driving force behind this collaboration of the Garden Club of Harvard, the Bromfield School art department, the Harvard Public Library, and the Harvard Cultural Council.
Shirley was born July 14, 1950, in Boston. She was a 1968 graduate of Newton High School, and a 1975 graduate of Boston University. For several years, she ran the giftware department at Building #19, the discount store chain founded by her father. In 1982, after receiving her master’s degree from the Boston University Graduate School of Management, she went on to manage the retail operation of Harvest Computer, one of the early Boston-area dealerships for Apple Computer.
Shirley and Mark married in 1984, and with their three young children moved to Harvard in 1990. She made a wonderful life here for herself, her husband and children, and her two Brittany spaniels, Jimmy and Misty. She was a natural in the kitchen, showing her love for people by cooking them great food and warmly opening her home to guests for dinner. Very much an outdoors person, she walked all the conservation lands of Harvard many times over through the years. Most of all, she treasured her beach time, and never went a summer without at least a few weeks spent in her beloved Brewster cottage.
Services to commemorate Shirley’s life will be postponed until circumstances allow friends and family to gather safely. In the meantime, remembrances, tributes, and condolences can be contributed online at https://bit.ly/2YNrZJp.