McManus, Shirley

(nee French)

October 4, 1930 – July 12, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Shirley McManus on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital with her family by her side. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 53 years, Jim McManus, and three loving children, Tamra (Shaun) Wilson, Robert (Kezia) McManus, and Tracy (Steven) Wilson. She will also be greatly missed by her seven grandchildren Connor, Riley, and Kyle Wilson, Sara and Patrick McManus, and Cameron and Kristen Wilson as well as many close friends and extended family. Shirley was predeceased by her sister Gladys Peters and brothers Jack and Roy French.

Shirley was born in Herbert, Saskatchewan and moved to Surrey, BC in 1946 where she lived until she left for Montreal to work. It was there that she met and married Jim McManus in 1957. Soon they moved back to BC, eventually settling in Richmond. Shirley was a stay-at-home mom with her three children until 1981 when she went to work in the Flight Kitchen at Canadian Airlines where she worked for 11 years. In 1993 Shirley and Jim retired to Vernon, BC where she lived until her death. Knitting was one of Shirley’s passions and she spent many hours with her busy hands crafting beautiful things for others to enjoy. Shirley loved children and was always involved in her kids’ activities, volunteering at the school and as a Brownie leader, as well as cheering at sporting events. She loved to visit and spent many an afternoon sipping coffee happily with friends. Shirley and Jim traveled extensively all over the world; their last big adventure was a Panama cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary.

The family would like to thank Sue Ward and the amazing staff at Polson Special for their unparalleled nursing care to our mom for the past nine months as well as all who supported our dad throughout these difficult times. A Celebration of Life for Shirley will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at The River Club, 11111 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Shirley’s favourite charities; BC Children’s Hospital, War Amps of BC, or the Salvation Army.

Cremation arrangements were in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. Condolences may be offered at

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