October 20, 1929 – April 10, 2016
We are saddened to announce that our mother, Shirley Millner, passed away quietly at the age of 86 after a brief illness.
Shirley was born in Portland, Oregon, grew up in Nelson, moved to Cranbrook as a newlywed in 1950, and lived the rest of her life there. She loved her family, her friends, her books, and her beautiful gardens.
Shirley was predeceased by her husbands, Clarence Cloarec in August 1982 and John Millner in October 2011. Shirley is survived by her children Martin Cloarec (Rene), Lois Cloarec Hart (Day Petersen), Kathryn Sykes (Christopher), Laura Kennedy (D’Arcy) and Carol Waugh (Bob); her grandchildren Trevor Cloarec, Justin Waugh, Lindsay Waugh, Rachael Sykes, Brianna Kennedy, Devon Kennedy, Kristine Arinos (Lior) and Kayle Sykes (Erick); great-grandchildren Daniel, Noa, and Alma Arinos; and her brothers, Ron Goodman (Judy) and Gil Goodman (Terry).
Mom was a gardener, not only of the soil, but of the soul. Sustained by her deep faith, she cultivated love and compassion in all of us, and lived every principle that she taught. Our mother was uncommon and ordinary; she was patient, but had a redhead’s temper; she was the mother we cherished, and the elder who occasionally exasperated her children as old age took its toll. She was deeply, delightfully human, with all her graces and flaws, and we shall miss her forever.
A memorial service for Shirley will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:00 am at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Shirley’s honour may do so to the: Cranbrook Public Library, 1212 – 2nd Street North, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4T6 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M.
Arrangements entrusted to
McPherson Funeral Service.
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