February 21, 1938 – February 14, 2021
Shirley passed away after a brief struggle with lung cancer. She will be missed by her step-daughters Patricia Lee (Butch) Macri, Lyne (Peter) Sullivan, and Donna Harris and her many nieces and nephews: Kent and Dawn Cleaveley, Raymond and Carrie Lynn Frieson, Cindy, Megan, and Nichole Frieson, Gayle, Heather, and Derrick Cleaveley.
She was predeceased by her parents Bill and Teresa, her husband Frederick Maxwell McLellan, and siblings Joe (Dot) Cleaveley, Elsie (Buster) Kine, and cousins Marvin Frieson and Lee Cleaveley.
Shirley was born in Round Top/Little Fort, BC to a generation of homesteaders of the North Thompson Valley (Cleaveleys and Wolfs). Her family later moved to Vancouver where she attended King Edward High School. Shirley lived in many parts of the province and was very proud of her BC heritage.
Her first job was with Ace Hot Coffee and most of her career was in administration.
She met her husband “Bud” McLellan in Calgary and they moved back to Vancouver to start their life together. Soon afterwards life became fast and hard for both of them but fortunately, they reached out for help. As a result, Shirley passed on with 54 years of continued sobriety.
Her home was always open to anyone needing support and she changed many lives for the better. She loved with an open heart and taught so many of us how to live, how to laugh, and to not take life too seriously.
Shirley fully lived life and engaged with everyone around her – you knew when she was in the room! Her bright aura and loving spirit attracted many people who wanted what it was she had.
About 20 years ago as she was approaching retirement, Shirley moved to Hope, BC. She joined the Seabird Music Circle and loved all her new friends who shared her passion for music. Shirley sang and spent lots of fun-filled moments with the Circle, often taking her mother (Nanna) and her niece Carrie Lynn with her when they performed.
The music and joy was shared with the surrounding community and we thank each and every one of you from the Circle – you brought a lot of happiness to Shirley’s life with your community spirit, inclusion, and opportunities to sing.
Shirley had some wonderful people around her these last few years and her friends and tenants Shelley and Brian took great care of her towards the end – we thank you for all that you did. Many thanks also to the Fraser Canyon Hospital and the hospice care unit – the kindness, compassion and love the staff gave Shirley will always be remembered. Thanks Hope, BC and to those who call you home – you are very special indeed.
“Shirley McLellan – you lived out loud – it was a big and impactful life. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and please rest easy now, we will take the wheel from here.”