Shirley Leighton died peacefully on Sept. 21 at Aaron Manor in Chester, Conn. She was 88.

She was born in Providence, R.I. on June 26, 1929. She married Charles Leighton Jr. in 1948 and resided on Martha’s Vineyard until moving to Connecticut in 2013.

She was employed at the Dukes County Communications Center and Past and Presents Antiques for many years. Her tales of trips with her siblings were legendary, always culminating with Shirley at the piano accompanied by her sisters.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Leighton Jr., her brother, Charles Selby, and three sisters, Dorothy King, Helen Hewins and Muriel Martland.

She is survived by her four sons: Raymond and his wife, Patti; Charles and his wife, Susan; Gary; and David; and her daughter, Joanne. She had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her many nieces and nephews always held a special place in her heart.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at noon at The Wharf Pub in Edgartown. Interment will be private.