Long-time South Church congregants Max Money (1930-2018) and his wife Shirley Money (1931-2015) were interred in Randolph Veterans’ Cemetery, Randolph, Vermont on November 2, 2018. Pastor Epperly presided over the ceremony. Max passed away suddenly on August 27, 2018. Max’s wife Shirley pre-deceased him on March 2, 2015. Max and Shirley had been married 60 years at the time of Shirley’s death.
Max was born and raised in St. Helena, CA and Shirley in Putney, VT. Max graduated from Stanford University. Shirley graduated from the University of Vermont. They met in California–Shirley was visiting at the time–and married shortly thereafter. They raised three sons–Steve, Tom and Peter–in Napa, CA and Lyndonville, VT, moving to Centerville in 1972. Both Max and Shirley were active in various churches their whole lives serving in numerous leadership positions and helping to start and run a variety of church-led programs. Both were educators: Shirley in elementary school education and Max as a secondary school teacher and administrator including principal of Barnstable High School.
Max and Shirley loved music, art, poetry, theater, dancing and traveling. Shirley was very active in Opera New England of Cape Cod for many years. Max was a published poet and an active member of Cape Cod Veterans for Peace including their Annual Veterans for Peace Poetry Contest. He was a Marine Corps infantry platoon leader during the Korean War and active in the Marine Corps and the Organized Marine Corps Reserve for over 20 years. He retired from the Marines in 1973 as a Lt. Colonel.
The South Church Congregation will miss Max and Shirley’s presence and contributions. They were both stalwart members of the church for many years. They could be counted upon to bring intelligence, compassion, commitment and a beautiful Christian spirit to their involvement and activities at South Congregational Church.
Goodbye dear friends –Godspeed.
Photo Credit: Kate Epperly, Randolph Veterans’ Cemetery, from the hillside where Max and Shirley are interred