Shirley Joan Bennett

April 12, 2013

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Shirley Joan Bennett. Shirley died surrounded by her husband and children after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

There are very few that know the exact year Shirley was born, but many knew it happened in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, to Norma and John Graham. Shirley grew

up in Alberta spending most of her time in Red Deer, where most of her brothers and sisters still reside. Shirley married Gerald in 1959 and they moved to Swan Hills where they started their own family. They had four children starting with Karen, then Carla, Pam and 11 months later Chris. They soon moved to Quesnel where Shirley had a cafe and Gerald had a bread delivery business. Together, they then opened Quesnel Farm and Ranch Supply.

In 1972, the family moved to Vernon, and Shirley put her skills to work at Rump and Sendall Feeds and Chick Hatchery while Gerald worked for Buckerfields in Armstrong. Shirley always had time to nurse a helpless animal and to nurture life into the things that surrounded her. She had a passion for plants and animals and passed that love of life onto her children that continue to raise dogs, horses, cows and even the odd sheep. Shirley`s kind personality and management ability soon gave her an opportunity to work for the School District. She started at BX where she made lifelong friends and connections that she cherished. Shirley worked her way up to be an administration secretary at the board office where she worked for two Superintendants. She always loved to go to work.

Shirley`s church congregation at the Pleasant Valley Church of God played an important role for her while she was in Vernon. She was active and enjoyed taking part in prayer groups, Bible studies and visiting. We know that Shirley had many friends and it is easy to say that most truly loved her in return. She was always willing to see friends that were ill and made extra efforts to visit those that were immobilized. Shirley`s kindness knew very few bounds.

Shirley had a special place in her heart for family. She was pre-deceased by her father John Graham. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother Norma, brothers David (Loretta) and Danny (Barb) and her sisters Barb (Baird) Thomas, Janet (Ivan) Janssen and Susan (Alan) Martin. Her husband, Gerald and children Karen Crick, Carla Henderson, Pam (Andy) Lyster and Chris (Michell) Bennett will miss her dearly. Shirley`s grand-children were among her most prized treasures, Ambur, Shelby, Bennett, Devann, Brittany, Kristen, Amanda, Lauren, Cassie, Nathan, Drew, Erica and Connor, and now great grandson Mikeal. Her life was full of love and laughter, friends and family. She was a strong compassionate giving woman that made our world a better place with her presence and she will be greatly missed by those that knew her.

Those wishing to may make a donation in memory of Shirley to the charity of their choosing. A celebration of life ceremony was held in Camrose, Alberta April 20th, 2013.

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