It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Shirley Anne Leitner. Shirley was born in Dec. 15, 1963 in Vernon, B.C. Shirley lived all her life in Vernon attending Mission Hill School for her elementary years. She completed her senior years at Vernon Senior Secondary. Shirley began her career in the restaurant business and managed Willy’s Motor Inn for over twenty years. Shirley’s smiling face greeted all the customers and her excellent memory made it possible to serve her customers without them looking at the menu. Shirley would start every day with a run, taking one of her dogs with her. She averaged fifteen miles per days and ran a marathon once a week. Shirley leaves to mourn her son Damian William Leitner, a brother Joe and her parents Willie and Sylvia (Thorburn) Leitner all of Vernon. Her uncle Herb (Lorna) Thorburn, Rick Thorburn, Aunt Liz Thorburn and many cousins. Shirley also has extended family in Austria. She had the opportunity to visit Austria in 1970 and meet her grandfather, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Her paternal grandparents Joseph and Elizabeth Leitner of Austria, Herbert and Henrietta Thorburn and Uncle Bill Thorburn of Vernon predeceased Shirley. Shirley had a special love for animals, her cat Fluff, dogs Bear and Dakota and horse La Lhur. A memorial service for Shirley will be held on November 17, 2003 at 2 PM at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Reception to follow. By request those wishing to make a donation in Shirley’s name may do so to the Vernon SPCA, 4800 Haney, V1T 1P6 or the North Ok. Therapeutic Riding Assn. 549-0105. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 542-4333, 4305 Pleasant Valley, Vernon V1T 4M4.

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