BARNETT, Shirlie Alison (Richards)
March 11, 1931 – Sept 22, 2013. Shirlie passed away peacefully at her home on Hatzic Lake with her family gathered around her. Shirlie was born in Vancouver, the youngest child of Nan and Russell Richards of West Vancouver. She is predeceased by her husband, Michael and her sister Virgina Bazilli, survived by her brother, Peter Richards (Barbara), her five children; Russell (Debbie), David (Karen), Penny (Scott), Robert (Rachelle), Nicola (Grant), 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. As a child, Shirlie and her family moved to Trail in 1933 where she spent a very happy childhood and attended Trail’s Tadanac High School. Shirlie was a true adventurer, and will be remembered for her zest for life, excitement and fun. In the 50’s, Shirlie moved back to Vancouver, where she married her husband Michael and continued her busy life, working full-time while also raising her five children, but she never gave up the opportunity to find time for skiing and travel. Shirlie loved her children dearly, and they are grateful to have had a mother that loved her children unconditionally. Shirlie gave everything to her children, often at the sacrifice of her own happiness, knowing that by giving and seeing joy in others, she would achieve her own happiness. These last 4-5 years had been difficult for Shirlie, but through it all, she held her head up, and battled through with an incredible amount of determination and courage. We are thankful that through this journey she was not alone. She was loved and surrounded daily by her five children, their families and by dear friends and supporters alike. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 4pm, at St. Bride’s Anglican Church, 12109 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross.