March 25, 1931 – April 5, 2022
at the age of 91 years:
Shirley Jean Halverson passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on April 05, 2022, at the age of 91. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Gordon Halverson and is survived by her son Bruce (Shelly) Halverson, daughters Lisa (Ben) Honcoop, Gayle (Chris) Johnson, her much loved grandchildren & great grandchildren, and by her brother, George Healy of Langley, her nieces & nephews, as well as dear friends Barry & Sally Tarr.
Shirley was born in Burnaby March 25, 1931, where she lived until her & Gordon moved to Salmon Arm in 1973. Prior to having children Shirley worked at Woodards Dept. store in Vancouver, then stayed home to raise her 3 children, other than part time work for the North Burnaby Credit Union. She then worked at Ben’s Towing in Salmon Arm for a few years.
Mom & Dad fell in love with Salmon Arm after camping here for many years which prompted their move here. They were seasonals at Sandy Point for over 25 years and loved to host many happy hours on their deck, with mom always putting out snacks of cookies, peanuts and chips. Shirley was affectionately known as Mom, Grandma and Gigi to many extra people in her life. There was a steady stream of extra “grandchildren” at her trailer door where they knew they would find treats of popsicles and/or cookies. In the past Shirley loved to go bowling and was on a ladies league for several years. She loved to play crib and did so with Gordon at crib nights at the legion. During her stay at Andover Terrace, Shirley renewed her love of crib and was often found at the crib table. Shirley will be fondly remembered for her homemade cookies and jam and her very popular knitted slippers. Her cookie jars were always full! Her kids and grandkids all loved stopping by to be spoiled by “grannie”. She would pretend to be mad and shake her finger at them for too many cookies, which never worked. She had a wicked sense of humor right to the end, if you got the finger pointed at you…. well, you knew the queen bee had spoken. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother (grannie) and Gigi to all of us who would do anything for her family. She will be missed very much.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Heunis for his friendship and fantastic care to Shirley. A huge thank you as well to the nursing staff at SLGH who although most of the time were working short staffed and run off their feet, still maintained caring for Shirley with kindness and compassion. Special thanks also to Leanne and Yeiko.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.