Karin Indira Nauth-Shelley, of Hull, born in Kingston, Jamaica, June 7th, 1966, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at the age of 53. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Simon Shelley, sister of Roger Nauth and daughter of Rev. Thelma Nauth and the late Rev. Beale Nauth.
A world traveler, Karin was interested in diverse cultures and people and loved the international arena, working and traveling throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. This is not surprising as Karin had moved with her family to the United States from Jamaica in 1976 at 10 years old. She would remain passionate about her heritage, including her Jamaican background as well as having lived in Guyana, her father’s birthplace.
Karin grew-up in the Boston area where her father, formerly a lawyer, was a Methodist minister and would move to various parishes in both Eastern and Western Massachusetts. She attended middle school at Saint Kevin’s Academy in Dorchester and high school in Braintree.
After her pre-medical studies at Boston University, Karin began her career in medical and psychology research for Boston-area hospitals. She transitioned to the management consulting field, obtained an MBA in marketing and organizational development at Simmons University, and worked with top global firms in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Karin then achieved what would become her passion leading marketing for several global consulting and technology companies based in Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, India and Argentina. Most recently, she was proud to support her husband in launching and fundraising for his biotech venture based in Boston.
Karin volunteered for the Hull Artists Association supporting strategic development, branding and the relaunch of the website for the nonprofit organization. She loved Hull and its surrounding areas, enjoying meeting friends for yoga and other activities on Nantasket beach and other nearby beaches.
Karin made a tremendous impact on the lives of her family and countless friends and was always the one to whom they would be able to turn. With regard to her nearly 5-year battle with cancer, Karin fought bravely and never gave up, even when her physicians suggested the end of her life might be near. Always thinking of others first and having steadfast faith in God, she was the biggest inspiration for most of the lives she touched.
Karin’s smile was the window to her soul. Shining bright with love and generosity. Lighting and warming all around her. Karin’s heart of gold rests in eternal love and peace and the smile that comes with her memory.
A memorial service for Karin will be held on Saturday, July 27th, at North River Community Church, 334 Old Oak Street, Pembroke, MA 02359, starting at 11AM.