Shirley, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2023, in her home. Born on August 29, 1935, Shirley lived a life full of love, courage, and thoughtfulness, touching the lives of all who knew her.
Shirley was the pillar of her family, providing unwavering support and love to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter Debbie (Robert), sons Jim (Patti), Ronald (Heather), and Jason (Christina), grandchildren Warren (Marla), Shelley (Rob), Matthew (Sarah), Cam, Laura (Matt), Travis, Natasha (Mitch), Alexis, and Kendra; and several beloved great grandchildren. Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband Hud and special friend Gerald, both of whom she held dear in her heart.
Shirley and Hud were married October 22, 1955 and resided on the Dale family farm until 1973 at which time they moved into Hamiota. She helped Hud on the farm and held various jobs until joining the CO OP staff and working her way to becoming one of the first female General Managers in western Canada.
Shirley was an active member of the community, lending her time to various groups and organizations. She enjoyed puttering in her garden and took a keen interest in the family farm she sharecropped with Neil Mathison. It was a common thing to go to see her and have her tell you about the current price of canola, how much her inputs were costing and what the crops looked like.
Pets were always a part of her life, there was always a dog or a cat in the home. She always had a soft spot for a cat in need, which led to her having some very interesting examples of the species. She also tried her hand at dog grooming with the help of Captain Morgan. Ron went over for a visit one evening to find the dog staggering across the living room. He asked what was wrong with the dog and was told the dog nipped when she tried to trim it, if she gave It a bit of rum and milk it calmed the dog down, she had over done the rum.
This tribute to Shirley was kept short, however we could fill the day telling stories of her and some of the wonderful accomplishments in her life. She may not have expressed it often, but she had way of making us feel like her greatest accomplishment was being a mother, grandmother, great grandmother or friend. Shirley's passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family and friends, but her memory will live on through the many lives she touched.
As we remember Shirley Jean Dale, let us celebrate her life and the countless ways she made the world a better place. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will live on in the hearts of her loved ones.
Funeral service was held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 2:00pm with interment following in the Hamiota Cemetery. A reception followed in the Hamiota Community Centre.
For those so desiring, donations may be made in Shirley's memory to the Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, Box 671, Hamiota, MB, R0M0T0 or to the Hamiota Community Foundation, Box 100, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
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