With love and sorrow, we would like to share the passing of our Mom, Shirley Hand (nee Maunula), with family, friends and loved ones. She departed from us on February 15, 2023.
Shirley was born into a large family with 9 sibling brothers and 1 sister. Her childhood home was in McKenzie, just east of Port Arthur, which is now known as Shuniah. After completing her grade school education, she continued onto business college and completed a business course to then obtain employment with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool on Lake Superior in her home city.
She met the love of her life while at a country dance and was married to Robert Hand. The nuptials took place on April 14, 1954. Their first child was a son, Terry, followed by 3 daughters, Linda, Kathy and Wendy. Shirley’s life was filled with serving her Lord through LWML, teaching little children in Sunday school and Bible study. She shared her faith with those around her and continued into her senior years.
She was a loving Mom, Grandmother and great-grandmother who taught her family the skills of preserving, baking, cooking and how to pray for your family. Shirley loved to create knitted sweaters for her grandchildren, and blankets and wool socks.
On a family vacation to Kamloops, her husband fell in love with the mountains and in 1972 the family moved to British Columbia. This move brought many blessings to her life as her family grew in numbers with the marriage of her children, along with births of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, those she loved very much. Shirley and Robert traveled across country to share in many celebrations with the family. Weddings of nieces and nephews were not missed.
Shirley was predeceased by her son Terry, her husband Robert, daughter Linda, her parents, and 5 of her brothers. She leaves behind to remember her remaining daughters, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a multitude of family, friends and loved ones.
Celebration of life will be held on March 11, 2023 at 11 am with luncheon to follow.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
2481 Sunset Drive
Rev. Andrew McDonald
Internment for Robert and Shirley will be announced later.