Shirley Ann Butler McGillicuddy, whose designing ranged from clothing to gardens to jewelry, died June 2 at her home in Sandwich. She was 84.
She was the wife of Charles C. McGillicuddy.
Born in St. Albans, Vermont, she was the daughter of James Vernon and Margaret (Orth) Butler. She was the descendant of Peltiah Corliss, who was wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill and whose family founded Bradford, Vermont, where it operated a tavern frequented by the Green Mountain Boys during the Revolutionary War.
She graduated from Lowell High School, where she was a member of the Girl Officers, and was also an alumna of Boston University.
Ms. McGillicuddy, working from home while raising four children, helped introduce Carnaby Street fashions to Boston and New York. Her copy of a London design included one of the first mini-skirts worn on Fifth Avenue.
Her garden designs emphasized natural landscape features, resulting in small gardens surrounding broad lawn vistas. Her jewelry designs tended to be more formal necklaces and bracelets, such as those for work or business settings or seen on television personalities.
Ms. McGillicuddy was a former vice president and secretary of the Waltham Arts Council.
Although maintaining her “soccer mom” responsibilities, Ms. McGillicuddy continued her own sports activities, primarily tennis, in which she won numerous awards on the Waltham tennis ladder and in team competition with the Weston Racquet Club.
She was quite proud of her first trophy—as a founding member of the winning bowling team of Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody—her only effort at ten-pin bowling.
In addition to her husband of 65 years, she leaves her son, Sean McGillicuddy and his wife, Jeannette McGillicuddy, of South Easton; daughter Siobhan Foster and her husband Christopher Foster, of Ivanhoe, North Carolina; son Patrick McGillicuddy of Sandwich; and daughter Shelagh McGillicuddy and her husband, Richard Kelley, of Orlando, Florida. She also leaves granddaughters Kerin McGillicuddy of Fall Fiver; Colleen McGillicuddy of Berlin; Kaylyn McGillicuddy of Worcester; and a great-grandson; and other family.
A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, June 10, from 4 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home-Sandwich, 154 Route 6A.
Burial will be private.