Shirley Jean Lefurgey

Passed away on Nov. 4, 2011. She was born on April 6, 1934 in New Westminster B.C. to Sarah and Walter Dobbie of Scotland. She grew up in Sapperton with her older sister Audrey. She lost her father when she was 15 to lung complications incurred during WWI, but she never stopped missing him. As a young teen she played basketball and was a Past Honoured Queen in Job’s Daughters. After graduation Shirley worked as a stenographer for doctors practicing Psychiatric Medicine. A job she found interesting and challenging. In 1961 Shirley married Dave and in 1971 they moved with 5 children to the West Kootenays.

In 1979 Shirley started work with West Kootenay Power, South Slocan branch and remained with them for 18 years. The ladies on Doukhobour road were her steadfast companions. Coffee and honey crullers, seafood, crib, a well written book and music with a beat were some of her favourite things.

Shirley is survived by her children Pat Strasky (Jim and Liam) of Dawson Creek, Lynn Costello of Fort St. John, Cam Lefurgey (Shelley, Alison and Sara) of Castlegar, Andrew Lefurgey of Castlegar and Glen Lefurgey currently teaching in China.

We would like to make a special thank-you to Dr. Lesperance. We also wish to thank the staff at Castleview, Saber Physiotherapy, the local Ambulance attendants and Paragon Staff for taking such good care of Shirley.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. We greatly appreciated their kindness and guidance for both Dad and Mom’s arrangements. Shirley is predeceased by her husband Dave (Sept. 6, 2011). At her request there will not be a funeral service at this time.

Mom was a dedicated parent and grandparent who delighted in making us feel special. She was passionate about helping children who struggled to live or learn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of BC. We will miss her sense of humour

and her quiet strength. God Bless Mom.


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