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Shirley Ann Lawson

November 20, 1926 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Shirley Lawson Obituary

With sadness, the family of Shirley Lawson of Shoal Lake announce the passing of their much-loved Mum, Grandma, and Grandma-Grandma on  January 23, 2024 at 97 years.

Shirley remained active and in good health right up to the last months of her life. To the end, Shirley could surprise the unwary with her cheeky sense of humour and incredible memory.  She never stopped being interested in her friends and family members, enjoying phone calls and visits.

Shirley met her life partner Arnold Lawson while working for the Royal Bank in Shoal Lake. They married in 1955, and together they ran a veterinary practice in Shoal Lake until 1964 when they bought their home section west of Shoal Lake. Over the next 40-plus years they lived there farming and raising their family.

After Arnold died in 2008, Shirley moved into the town of Shoal Lake where she lived independently for the next 15 years. At 91 years she decided to give up her driver’s licence and at 96, arthritis in her hands caused her to lay down her knitting needles.

Shirley dearly loved her kids and grand-kids, and enjoyed the friends they brought into her home. Grieving the loss of Mum are her daughter Isobel Lawson (Gary Davidson), Edmonton and son Jim Lawson (Val Dlugan), Shoal Lake. Shirley grieved the passing of her eldest daughter Margaret Gagnon (Cody McLaughlin) in May 2022.

Shirley’s presence will be missed and forever remembered by grandchildren Tara Wozniak, Winnipeg; Danielle Margolis, Winnipeg; Terry (Gillian) Gagnon, Edmonton; Tyler (Carmen) Gagnon, Brandon and great-grandchildren Isaac, Delmar, August, Matthew, Ivy, Stella and Zev.

Shirley was born November 22, 1926 in Rathwell, Manitoba to Mabel and Fred Wilson.

She is the last surviving of her six siblings (Margaret Forbes, Lois Balcaen and Gail Henry, and brothers Delbert, Barney and Bob Wilson), making her a much-loved Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind sisters-in-law Patricia Lawson, Lethbridge, and Florence Wilson, Winnipeg.

Shirley was a character, shy in many ways but never retiring. She was quick with the come-backs and her playful sense of humour could catch the unsuspecting off guard. For those whom she was comfortable she enjoyed teasing. And when she was not amused, you knew the look.

Shirley quietly made a positive difference in the world. For more than 30 years she knitted thousands of wonderfully colourful mittens and toques for adults and children in need. These gifts went to schools, correctional centres, mental health centres, hospital units and communities across Manitoba and Alberta.

Shirley cared about her community contributing her time, energy and donations to many organizations. She was long-time member of the Shoal Lake Agriculture Society, and a member of Shoal Lake Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch 72 for 22 years.

Shirley loved being out-of-doors. A great gardener, she was always puttering and planting new varieties of fruits and vegetables. Her bountiful gardens fed many beyond her kitchen table.

Strong and athletic, Shirley curled and golfed but fastball was her chosen sport. She was a proud teammate of the underdog Shoal Lake Women’s Souloux fastball team that beat the odds, becoming the 1955 provincial B champions. And when Shirley golfed that self-same slugger’s stance clocked formidable yards, as she swung the clubs into her eighties.

She would coach girls’ fastball and, later to faithfully and accurately call play for the Toronto Blue Jays from her lazyboy chair, right up through the Blue Jay’s 2023 wild card bid.

Shirley was courageous and selfless to the end, worried that others needed help more than her. Among her last wishes were that her obituary not be flowery, and her passing not be grieved. She said her life was not perfect but it was good.  

As we say good bye, the many curious sayings, rhymes and 'mumilies' Mum passed along to us will remain forever in our smiles, as will her love be cherished in our hearts. Mum will  be remembered, always.

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Shoal Lake Garden Club ~ Please make cheques payable to the R.M. of Yellowhead
Box 278, Shoal Lake MB R0J 1Z0
Tel: 1-204-759-2565

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