Cumberland, Shirley Eileen

October 13, 1931 – May 25, 2022
at the age of 90 years:     

We regretfully announce the passing of Shirley Eileen Cumberland at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on May 25, 2022.  Shirley was born on October 13, 1931, to William Leslie and Frances May Fraser in Vancouver and was the eldest of four children.

She was educated in Maple Ridge and Kamloops and joined the RCAF in 1951.  She married Richard Cumberland in Zweibrücken, Germany in 1956.  They had three children Ian, Barbara and Kathleen.  The family moved to Salmon Arm in 1973 and she began her teaching career with an appointment at Mara school.  She retired in 1993.  Shirley loved travel, opera and being retired.  Shirley is predeceased by her son Ian and her brother Don.  She is survived by her sisters Jean Sellers and Barbara Wicklund (and Pete); and her daughters Kathleen Parks (and Ken) and Barbara Giffin (and Larry) of Calmar, Alberta.  Thank you to Dr. Kirkman. 

There will be no funeral or memorial.


  1. Many thanks for being such an awesome teacher to my son Jeremy. You always took the time to say hello years later. You were such an awesome teacher and friend to everyone. I will never ever forget you! XOXO

  2. You were a good friend both at home and on vacation. I admired your intelligence and how you could remember so much detail of your earlier trips. Am sure your students learned much from
    you about your travels. Yes I do miss you!

  3. You were a big part of my life growing up and my Mom’s close friend. I loved your sense of humor and straight forward approach to life. You touched alot of lives. I will miss you…

  4. RIP Mrs Shirley Cumberland,
    Thanks for the great memories and for being an awesome teacher.
    Loved your humour. You will be greatly missed

  5. I always enjoyed Shirley’s droll sense of humour and I will miss our chats every time we would meet on the street

  6. RIP Mrs Cumberland you were a good teacher and I enjoyed being in your class at Salmon Arm Elementary School many years ago.

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