on November 23, 2013 - 4:42 PM
July 16, 1927 – Nov. 20, 2013
LOCKPORT – Shirley N. Coulter, who operated Coulter Farms in Cambria with her husband, died Wednesday. She was 86.
Born in Baltimore, the former Shirley Nagler grew up in Irondequoit and graduated from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology in 1949, majoring in early childhood education.
She took a teaching position in Buffalo, then moved to Lockport after she was married in 1950.
In 1966, she founded a nursery school in Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Lockport and served as director until she and her husband moved to Medford, N.J., in 1971. There she founded and directed another church-based nursery school.
She and her husband returned to Lockport in 1978 to operate the family business, Coulter Farms, a nearly 100-acre fruit and vegetable farm on North Ridge Road.
Mrs. Coulter was active for many years in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, serving in many roles. She also was active in a mothers’ club founded in the 1950s that continues to meet as grandmothers and great-grandmothers.
She served many leadership positions in PEO, a women’s philanthropic organization. She also was secretary of the North Ridge Burial Association and was a notary public for many years.
She also was active in the Kenan Center, College Club and League of Women Voters.
Her husband of 59 years, James W., died in 2009.
Survivors include two sons, David and James; a daughter, Debra Jangraw; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave.