Shirley Gertrude Wangler passed away peacefully at Heron Grove, Vernon on Monday, May 18, 2009. Shirley, our mom, and her twin sister, Verley were born on April 7, 1921 in Wilkie, Sk, to Randle and Nellie Moon. There is a story told that the twins were the first to be born in that area and were kept in a small box covered with wool. Shirley was later nicknamed Teenie and Verley, Biggie.
Shirley met Peter Wangler, cowboy and army soldier, and on June 26, 1940 they were married in Calgary. During the years they spent in Calgary their two sons, Larry and Dennis were born. Our family lived in Salmo, BC before moving to Courtenay, in the Comox Valley where daughters Beryl and Shelley were born. In the early 1950’s mom and dad bought a farm on Dove Creek Road where they resided until the spring of 1979 when they moved to the Armstrong area.
Mom was a Canadian Daughter in Courtenay for many years and she made lifetime friendships. Dad worked away from home so mom was kept busy raising four kids, milking the cow and looking after the horses. In 1981 they bought a farm on Yankee Flats Road near Armstrong where they resided until 2006. She loved to sew and do crafts. You couldn’t stop in for tea or coffee without mom “emptying her fridge” of treats. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were so important to her and all were treated as “special”.
Mom spent her last two years as a resident of Heron Grove, Vernon. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Cottage 1 and 5 for the care, kindness and love they gave our mom.
Predeceased by husband Peter in 2007, she is survived by children Larry (Eileen) of Courtenay, Dennis (Barb) of Falkland, Beryl Stedel (Stoney) of Smithers and Shelley of Vernon; grandchildren Michelle Szameitat (Mark), Brian Wangler, Dennis Wangler, Stephen Wangler, Lisa Lewis (Robert), Alison Stedel, Glen Stedel (Melissa), Ty Thomson (Joanne), Skye Thomson, Dusty Thomson (Jen) and Brandi Thomson (Brandon); twelve great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
A Family Graveside Service will be held at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 250-546-7237.