May 26, 1928 – February 19, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful wife, mother and grandmother Shirley Elizabeth Wotherspoon (nee Hardy). Shirley died peacefully at her home in Hope on February 19, 2019 at the age of 90. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Ken Wotherspoon, their 4 children: Terry Wotherspoon (Barb), Rob Wotherspoon (Barb), Lori Wotherspoon, Patti Wotherspoon (Ron), grandchildren: Kurt, Darcy, Jennifer, Melanie, Jordan, Kenny, Emma, Tessa, Rachel, and Nicole, and great grandson, Ashton.
Shirley was born in Saskatoon on May 26, 1928 to parents Emma (McMahon) Hardy and Edwin Thomas Spence Hardy. She was predeceased by brothers William (Bud) and Hugh and sisters Muriel, Bernice and Mavis. Her siblings jokingly referred to her as the white sheep of the family.
Although she sacrificed the completion of high school to help support her widowed mother, in her youth she still enjoyed a full life engaging in her many passions including skating, dancing, and socializing. She worked as a dental assistant and as a financial assistant for Bowman’s Bros. in Saskatoon.
Shirley met Ken, her lifelong partner and soulmate, through the United Church youth group in Saskatoon. Together they provided a strong foundation for their family as well as their many close connections in their church and community. Throughout her life Shirley always put others before herself while still finding time to be amazingly productive in her own creative endeavours. She expressed herself and gave joy to others through her many outlets including painting, sewing, gardening, crafts, baking,
singing in the church choirs, volunteering in the community, and reaching out to others. Shirley was an accomplished artist and a founding member of the Hope Arts Gallery.
Shirley was a strong person with a beautiful and gentle soul. She appreciated nature, life and beauty which extended to her personal sense of style, making sure she always had her lipstick on, hair done, and outfit accessorized.
The family want to thank the incredible care and support given by the staff of the Fraser Health Authority and hospital, the First Responders, and their neighbours and extended community.
There will be a celebration of Shirley’s life held at the Hope United Church on Friday March 8 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hope United Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.