Tams, Shirley Marguerite (Nee: Taylor)

August 3, 1930 – March 11, 2018
at the age of 87 years
Born in Paynton, Saskatchewan

Shirley was predeceased on March 12th, 2013 by her loving husband of 62 years, Bill. Brothers Geordie and Glenn Taylor, and son-in-law, Don Bergren, in 1996.
She was a wonderful mother to Susan (Terry), Bob (Deb), and Brian (Deb). She also had a very special place in her heart for family friend, Marcia Stacy and her niece, Angela Taylor.
Loving Grandmother to Jamie, Shawna (Dan), Darryl, Shannon (Mike) and Jennika. Great Grandmother to Ryland, Kelan, Jacob and Cole.
Shirley grew up on the farm in Paynton, Saskatchewan. She said it was lots of work making pies and bread from morning until night for the farmhands. When she was 12 the family lost the farm during the depression. The family then took the train to Summerland, BC to start a new life. In Summerland, Grampa and Gramma owned a local restaurant where Mom also worked. It was on the streets of Summerland where Mom met a handsome young man named Bill who became her husband. He always said that he took her to a poker game on their first date and that she was his good luck charm.
Mom and Dad moved to Prince Rupert where they welcomed their first child, Susan. Bob was born in Vernon and Brian in Penticton where they settled to raise their kids. Mom spent a lot of time enjoying camping and fishing trips with the family. We were a very outdoorsy family. In 1989 they retired in Blind Bay to live on the shores of Shuswap Lake. When Mom and Dad were not travelling in their RV we had many family gatherings sitting on the deck enjoying the beautiful sunsets over Shuswap Lake.
Mom had a great sense of humour. She was fun loving but quiet and unassuming and she did so much for us.
We love you Mom. Thanks for being there. We will miss you.
Special thanks to Dr. Angela Plessis, Dr. Megyesi, and the Community Care Nurses and Care Aids.



  1. Our deepest condolences to all of you. I have many happy memories of Shirley as the best of friends to my Auntie Joyce Bennie. Shirley and Bill were always a part of our family gatherings and trips to Campbell River as we were growing up. Many times they would stop by our house and golf course in Chilliwack or Abbotsford. 2 years ago I had the opportunity to take my Mother Jess to visit Shirley in Blind Bay. We had such a good time sharing all the wonderful memories and many fishing trips shared with my father and Chuck Bennie. Such a gracious lady.
    On behalf of my Mother and the Mawhinney family our hearts are with you.

    Marilyn Hill ( nee Mawhinney)

  2. I will miss your Mom very much! I remember so many times, from the time we were little, to our teenage years (she may have not wanted to remember some of them) hehe. To our adult years with Your Mom and Dad.
    I am sure Shirley is with Bill now, sipping drinks and enjoying the sunsets of their life!

    Love to all of you

  3. Bob and Deb
    Real sorry to here about your loss. Our deepest condolence.

  4. I will miss Mom Tams very much, she was a big part of my life, especially during high school. She misse Bill so much that
    I like to think she is with him now and they are enjoying a glass of wine, sitting by the RV, watching the sunset. I will never forget you both. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. Love Marci

  5. We are so very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing and extend our sincere sympathy to family and friends. We will missing seeing Shirley in her favourite place – at her window on the lake, giving us a wave. We didn’t have enough visits, enough lunches, enough glasses of wine but we are left with good memories of a good neighbour.

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