Shirley McDonald

Shirley Claire McDonald (Hanson)

Saturday, January 31st, 1931 - Saturday, May 11th, 2019
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Shirley Claire McDonald (nee Hanson)

January 31, 1931 - Cereal, Alberta
May 11, 2019 - Calgary, Alberta

Shirley passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Shirley began life on the farm, moved to Sedalia for grade school and graduated high school in Oyen in 1948. She trained at the Holy Cross School of Nursing in Calgary, RN Class of 1953.

She married Hector McDonald and raised her family in Edmonton and in 1970 they moved to Calgary. Their home was an inn for many, and the family gathering place where she hosted countless festive dinners.

Shirley volunteered with several charities and worked for three years as a home care worker with the elderly.

She enjoyed reading, going out for coffee, crossword puzzles, sewing, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and gardening! Board and card games with anyone who would play were welcome. Hands down, her favorite activity was spending time with her grand and great grandchildren.

She was a life long curler and member of the Foothills Ladies League for over forty years. She belonged to the Brentwood Bridge Club, rarely missed a Holy Cross nursing reunion, and bowled for many years.

Shirley is survived by her sons Neil, Drew (Bernice), Eric (Debbi), and Darrel (Debbie); grandchildren Casey (Karen), Cameron (Meghan), Greg, Braedon (Mary), and Keltie (Malachy); great-grandchildren Evie, Andi, Katie, and Frannie.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband Hector; parents Hans and Hjordis; brothers Roald, Manley, and Delmar.

In lieu of flowers, if people choose, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

A casual drop in get-together will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Triwood Community Hall, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta.

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    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Triwood Community Hall
    2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2L 0W1
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Don and Audrey Zarsky and Family

Posted at 05:44pm
Dear Neil and the McDonald Family,
We were saddened to hear of the passing of your mom Shirley. She was a lovely and gracious lady and we enjoyed chatting with her. We know the family will miss her very much because mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers have a special place in a familys' life. Our deepest condolences go out to you. Love Don and Audrey

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