Shirley L. Carlson, 85, of Prospect, passed away peacefully the evening of Jan. 30, 2019, just 19 days after the passing of Ralph, her beloved husband of 45 years.

She was born in Belfast on Sept. 1, 1933, to Byron and Edith (Philbrook) Greenlaw. She attended schools in Belfast and spent the early years of her life raising a family in central Connecticut.

She returned to Maine in 1974, fulfilling her longtime dream of coming home. There she and Ralph built a life that would be centered in both Searsport and Prospect. She worked many years for Hannaford Brothers

She leaves her children, Michael Johndro and wife Paula of Poland, Selina Wynne of Morrill, Kevin Johndro of Knox, Barry Johndro and wife Laurie of Westminster, Mass.; and step-daughter, Penny Stakey and husband Jim of Southington, Conn. She also leaves sister Helen Burns of Belfast; brother Don Greenlaw and life-partner Nancy Ashey of Searsport; as well as 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters Ada Curtis and Elmore Polk, and her brothers Byron Greenlaw and Bob Greenlaw.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Harbor Hill Nursing Facility in Belfast for their kindness and care during both Shirley's and Ralph's final days.

Arrangements are by Riposta Funeral Home. There will be no calling hours or services; however, a memorial gathering will be planned for both Ralph and Shirley at a date to be announced later. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at