Shirley McLellan Hachey, 57, of Bethesda, Md., and Rome, Maine, died Feb. 15, 2010, at her home in Bethesda from metastatic breast cancer. Her husband, Bob, and daughter, Krista, were by her side.

Shirley was born in Rockland on Nov. 14, 1952, to Albert and Alma McLellan. She graduated from Rockland High School in 1971 and received an associate degree from Thomas College in Waterville in 1973. Shirley married Bob Hachey, son of Jeanette and Joseph Hachey of Winslow, on June 27, 1974, and traveled with him to Greece where he was serving in the Air Force. Shirley then joined the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, as did her husband, Bob, and served on assignments in Damascus, Syria; Amman, Jordan; Manila, Philippines; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Shirley’s daughter, Krista, was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1985. On return to Washington in 1990 Shirley served in assignments at the State Department to include office management in the executive secretariats of Madeline Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Shirley retired from the State Department in 2005 but continued to support the department as a contractor until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Shirley then volunteered at Georgetown University Hospital to provide counseling to other breast cancer patients.

Shirley was loved and appreciated by all who knew her for her tireless work ethic, positive and friendly attitude, and her Down East humor and wit. Shirley was a devoted and loving mother to her daughter, Krista, who is currently a third-year medical student at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Shirley was also an animal lover and supported shelters in the Washington area.

In addition to her husband of 35 years and her daughter, Shirley is survived by her half-sister, Ruth Winchenbach of Warren; her mother-in-law, Jeanette Hachey of Daytona Beach, Fla.; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Rachel Hachey and sons, Joe and Sam of Anacortes, Wash.; and her brother and sister-in-law, David and Nancy King and daughter, Amy, of Williamsport, Pa.

A memorial service is planned for midsummer in the Waterville-Rome area with a date to be announced.