Shirley Ann Phares, a lifelong resident of North Falmouth, died July 3 at Royal Megansett Nursing & Retirement Center. She was 93.
She was the wife of Edward J. Phares, to whom she was married for 47 years. Her husband died in 1991.
She was the daughter of Rachel (Hansen) and Foster McComiskey.
Growing up during the Great Depression instilled the perception of using practical knowledge to turn a profit. After working alongside a local veterinarian for several years, she started grooming dogs out of her home, a business she maintained for two decades. Ms. Phares later learned cake decorating and used that experience to create wedding cakes, on a word-of-mouth basis, that produced income for the next 26 years.
Ms. Phares shared with her daughter-in-law some tricks of the trade when she expressed interest in working at home while her two children were small. As a result, in 1996 the younger Ms. Phares named her new company Sweet Creations and at the time of a story about the venture published in the Enterprise two years later, she was having her busiest summer weekend ever.
As a 30-year volunteer at Falmouth Hospital Ms. Phares donated a record number of hours.
She was a devout Seventh-Day Adventist who found much comfort in her Christian faith.
She leaves a son, Dana S. Phares and his wife, Karyn Phares, of North Falmouth; a daughter, Susan Flowers of Middleborough; several grandchildren, Kristi (Ekasala) Courtney of Mashpee, Isabella Phares and Ryson Phares, both of North Falmouth, Wade Litchfield of Kentucky, Amanda Page of Washington and Ronnie Phares and Michael Phares, both of Florida; as well as three great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son Edward W. Phares, her daughter Havylen A. (Litchfield) Swanson and grandson Andrew Litchfield.
A memorial service will be Saturday, July 18, at 1:30 PM at Cape Cod Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2736 Falmouth Road in Osterville.