July 8, 1934 – April 11, 2021
at the age of 86 years
Early Sunday morning, April 11, 2021 Shelagh Harris, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away after a short illness.
She was born in Bowden, Alberta on July 8, 1934, the youngest and only girl to Hazel and Albert Gilliland and sister to brothers Jim, Bob and Fred.
Having lost her father at a young age, Shelagh and her brothers were raised by their mom Hazel who worked many jobs to support her family.
Mom and Dad were entrepreneurs sharing businesses in the auto body/storage industry. Most of these ventures became family businesses working with Brad and Heather. Mom owned and operated hair salons and weight loss clinics with great success. Shelagh and Heather had a wine making and gift shop for 10 years. She loved the challenge of all these and enjoyed all the customers and friends she met.
Being able to retire at an early age, Shelagh and Jack moved to Sicamous, B.C. from Calgary in 1992. A few years later Brad and Heather and their families followed them to the Shuswap. They enjoyed summers by the lake and winters in Palm Springs, California, where they met many lifelong friends.
A very special place in her heart were granddaughters Sarah and Meghan Skeet of Calgary. Mom loved to have the girls spend time with them in the summers when they were young. We went on many trips together. One highlight was our family cruise to Alaska. She was their greatest supporter.
Mom was a special person and friend to so many. From business to morning coffee outings she touched many lives. She loved to sing songs, play golf, do crosswords and puzzles. She volunteered at the Sicamous Legion and offered a helping hand whenever one was needed.
Shelagh is predeceased by her parents (Hazel and Albert), brothers Jim and Bob Gilliland and daughter-in-law Sandy Harris. She is survived by her best friend and husband of 68 years, Jack, son Brad (Susie), daughter Heather (Ian), granddaughters Sarah and Meghan, Rosie the dog, brother Fred Gilliland and many nieces and nephews.
Thank you to the wonderful nurses from the second floor at the Shuswap Lake Hospital for their wonderful care. A special thank you also to Drs. Louw and Breugem.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in Shelagh’s name can be made to the RC Legion, Branch 99, Sicamous, BC.
One of the last things Mom said to Dad was “See you on the other side”.
We will see you again Mom!