Shirley A. (Friedman) Eakin

April 11, 1936 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 84)


Shirley Eakin, 84, of Jeannette, PA, died September 24th, 2020, at the home of her daughter, while surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born April 11th, 1936, in Braddock, PA, the daughter of the late Albert Friedman and Ann Shuble. For 64 years, she was the wife of Gerald Eakin. Throughout her life, she had been employed in a variety of jobs including a practical nurse, finding work at the Switch and Signal and Westinghouse, waitressing, as well as being a homemaker. Shirley graduated from Penn Joint High School. She was a member of Saint Marks Lutheran Church in Jeannette. She loved cardinals, butterflies, and music, as well as her beloved dogs. Shirley always said she was the captain of her own ship and lived her life in that way. The main focus of her being was caring for her family. She was an incredible mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a model of kindness and love to everyone around her. Shirley is survived by her husband Gerald Eakin, her brother Al Barber (Dianne Prior) of Long Beach, CA, children Carol Eakin Patton and her companion Gary Henderson of Jeannette, Kelley Eakin Herman and her husband Albert of Jeannette, Suzanne Eakin DiDonato and her husband Richard of North Huntingdon, and Shari Eakin and her partner Terese Easterday of Chesapeake Beach, MD. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Stephen Riddle, Brandon Herman (Kim), Christian Herman, Michael DiDonato, Matthew DiDonato (Amanda), and Mallory DiDonato, as well as 7 great grandchildren: Franklin, Valerie, Ella, Myla, Maddox, Madilyn, and one on the way. Services and interment will be private. Mason-Gelder Funeral Home Inc, Jeannette, is in charge of the arrangements. To send online condolences, visit In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Susan G Komen Greater Pittsburgh. The family would like to extend its sincere, heartfelt thanks to Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, and specifically to Tamica Guest, for the compassionate, loving care she provided for our mother and our family.

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