Once upon a time, the girls at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School could not take woodshop or tech ed classes. For us, it was home economics and that meant we all had Mrs. Shields. This was also back in the day before celebrity chefs, the Food Network and “Every Day With Rachel Ray” magazine, so we learned the basics. We learned to measure and sift, scoop and fold, and bake the perfect crumb cake.
Mary Cecilia Ferguson Shields died on April 17 in Pennsylvania. She was 101 and her obituary in the Star Ledger notes that the seven children she raised in Verona had given her 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial mass for Mrs. Shields at Our Lady of the Lake Church at 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 24.