Obituary: Karin Indira Nauth-Shelley

Karin Indira Nauth-Shelley, 53
Karin Indira Nauth-Shelley, of Hull, passed away at her home on July 13 at the age of 53. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on June 7, 1966. 
She was the beloved wife of Dr. Simon Shelley, the sister of Roger Nauth, and the 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 United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. This worldliness was not surprising as Karin had moved with her family to the United States from Jamaica in 1976 at the age of 10. She would remain passionate about her heritage, including her Jamaican background. She had also lived in Guyana, her father’s birthplace.
Karin grew up in the Boston area where her father, formerly a lawyer, was a Methodist minister who moved to various parishes in eastern and western Massachusetts. She attended middle school at Saint Kevin’s Academy in Dorchester and high school in Braintree.
After her premedical 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 M.B.A. in marketing and organizational development at Simmons University, and worked with top global firms in Boston and Cambridge. 
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 biotechnology 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.
Karin made a tremendous impact on the lives of her family and countless friends and was always the one to whom they would turn. During her nearly five-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 and lighting and warming all around her. Karin’s heart of gold rests in eternal love and peace.
A memorial service for Karin will be held on Saturday, July 27, at North River Community Church, 334 Old Oak St., Pembroke, starting at 11 a.m. For additional information and online guestbook, please go to