Shirley ARAKI

ARAKI, Shirley Margaret (nee Gibson)

October 28, 1933 – January 3, 2014

With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Shirley Margaret Araki after a brief bout with cancer.

Shirley was born in Chilliwack to John and Margaret Gibson. She first found employment in Hope as a postal clerk with Canada Post and in 1950 met the young Mitsuo Araki. In 1951 Shirley entered the Air Force and was posted to Germany. In 1954 Corporal Gibson was honorably discharged, returned to Hope and resumed working at Canada Post. Shirley and Mitsuo were married September 21, 1957 and on August 4th, 1959 saw the birth of their first son Michael Tai. Steven Todd came along on April 27, 1963 and on November 8, 1967 they were blessed with their third son Ryan Kerry. Shirley loved to read, solve crosswords and was a life long ardent bridge player. Shirley is survived by her husband of 56 years Mitsuo, her sons Tai (Jen), Todd (Joanne), Ryan (Sue), grandchildren Lianne, Matthew, Samantha, Kyle, Dylan, Hailey and Emma. She is predeceased by her brother Pat and is survived by her sisters Blanche and Beverley and her brother Jack (Lee). No service by request. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society would be appreciated. No koden please.