Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
1918 - 2011
Longtime Sands Point resident Shirley Stevenson, 92, died on June 16, 2011 in Princeton, where she was living with her husband of 60 years, Nikolai Stevenson. They had first met in 1931 - in the seventh grade, in Montclair, NJ - and shared memories for over 80 years, marrying in 1951. They moved to Sands Point in 1961 and lived in Port Washington until 1999. Shirley worked from 1970 to 1996 in the social work department at St. Francis Hospital, helping countless patients deal with their illnesses and their recovery. She was active in the League of Women Voters and St. Stephen’s Church. She is survived by her husband, Nikolai Stevenson (Princeton), her three children, Nanette (Anchorage, AK), Matthew (Geneva, Switzerland), and Julie (New Paltz, NY) and her seven grandchildren, Helen Stevenson, Laura Stevenson, Henry Stevenson, Charles Stevenson, Will Meyer, Andrew Meyer, and Natalie Meyer. Her house on Barkers Point Rd. had early associations with the Algonquin Round Table, and she kept those literary traditions alive with summer parties that involved softball, croquet, and long evenings of lively conversation. She loved the view of Manhasset Bay at sunset, and she made thousands of drives to the Port Washington railroad station, to welcome her family home from either a day in the city or a trip around the world. A memorial celebration will be held at the Windrows in Princeton on June 25 at 11 a.m. and her husband can be reached at 1-609-919-0353.