Shirley MacPherson, artist, homemaker

December 1, 2012

Shirley MacPherson, 87, a onetime commercial artist who became a homemaker in Northern Virginia, died Nov. 17 at the Greenspring retirement facility in Springfield. She had Alzheimer’s disease, her daughter Robin MacPherson said.

Mrs. MacPherson, who was widely known as “Skit,” came to the Washington area in 1960 and lived for many years in Falls Church. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Shirley Nason was born in Philadelphia, and she was a graduate of what was then called the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. She was a commercial artist and book illustrator in Philadelphia in the 1950s.

Her husband of 56 years, James R. MacPherson, died in 2008.

Survivors include four children, Robin P. MacPherson of Virginia Beach, James R. Mac­Pherson Jr. of Eugene, Ore., Bruce W. MacPherson of Vienna and Amy N. MacPherson of Herndon; and six grandchildren.

Matt Schudel

Matt Schudel has been an obituary writer at The Washington Post since 2004.