Shirley Naish, a retired seafood restaurant hostess, died of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care on Feb. 28. She was 79 and had lived in Ocean City and Towson.
Born Shirley Rose McGee in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park, she attended Patterson Park High School and received a diploma from Strayer's Business School. As a young woman, she scrubbed marble steps, worked in a corner store and at Eastern Avenue shops in Highlandtown.
She later worked for Rice's Bakery and assisted her husband, John William Nasazewski - later Naish - at his State Farm insurance business.
After his death, she was a hostess at Olde Obrycki's Crab House on Pratt Street.
Shirley was also a Cub Scout den mother and was a volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
"She was a giving, communicative-type person," said her son, Jay Naish of Glyndon. "She was constantly on the phone with her friends, and she often drove the elderly to their appointments."
In addition to her son, survivors include a daughter, Lisa N. Johnson of Towson; and four grandchildren. Her husband of 30 years died in 1982.
A Mass was offered Monday at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Little Flower, where she was a member.