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HUGHES, Shirley Winifred

November 6, 1914 – Calgary, AB
October 21, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Shirley Winifred Hughes of Calgary, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the age of 98 years.

Shirley’s family moved to Calgary in 1912 and she was born two years later. She lived the majority of her life in Calgary, except for the last ten years where she lived in Edmonton. She moved back to Calgary in February of this year.

Her father (Dr. Ralph Hughes) practised medicine in Calgary in the early years of The Calgary General Hospital. Shirley and her two sisters attended public school at Stanley Jones School (was located at 8th Avenue and 6th Street N.W.) and later the newly built Crescent Heights School. Shirley attended Normal School in Calgary close to where SAIT is now, to become a teacher. Shirley’s first three years of teaching were in small rural communities in South Central Alberta. She taught at Erlton School and Ramsay School in Calgary and finished her teaching career at Sunalta School in the Scarboro district of Calgary in 1974. The Hughes family had a cottage on Gull Lake which they loved to visit.

Shirley is survived by a niece Sylvia Chu (nee Moorhouse) of Ottawa, ON. She was predeceased by her father Dr. Ralph Raymond Hughes; mother Margaret Belle (nee Miller); sisters Avis Moorhouse (nee Hughes), sister Marjorie Moorhouse (nee Hughes); and brother in-law Milton Moorhouse.

A Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of the donor’s choice. Thank you to the caring staff of Revera’s McKenzie Towne Retirement Residence for providing the wonderful care and attention to meeting all of Shirley’s needs in her final days.

In living memory of Shirley Hughes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Ted and Patti Thorne :

    Shirley will be greatly missed by our family. The Hughes family and ours go back to the 1940’s when my dad and Dr. Hughes worked together at The Calgary General Hospital. Shirley and her sister Marjorie were always up for an outing as was their mother. We have been blessed to have cared for Shirley in many ways over the years and in particular through her decline over the past two years. Shirley was always faithful to the Lord and to her church. She supported many missions in the name of Christ and her faithfulness will continue through her givings to those charities important to her.

    Ted and Patti Thorne

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  2. My Aunt Shirley is now home in the everlasting arms of God. She is at rest and no longer suffering with the ills of this world. She is walking and dancing on streets of gold. Home at last with family and loved ones. As I thought about her life here on earth, the Lord reminded me of her love for teaching and for Him. Sometimes life can become difficult but Shirley never took her eyes off her Lord and Saviour. Deuteronomy 33:27 says: “The eternal God is you refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms;” How fitting this Scripture is to her life here on earth and now her passage home. Hallelujah she’s at rest!

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  3. April Wallace (Nee: Dube') :

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  4. Shirley was a blessing to be around. She was a lady that knew her own mind and loved to talk about old times; especially her teaching career. She shared quite a few stories over the years that I knew her. The last time I visited with her was in July and even though she was very much with it mentally, you knew she was tired and she told me that she just wanted to go Home to be with her Lord. She’s there now and completely at peace with Jesus, her Saviour, whom she loved so much.

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  5. It was a pleasure and honor for me to get to know both Shirley and her sister Marjorie these last couple of years they were in Edmonton-it was a marvellous testimony to see the deep abiding sisterly love they shared between themselves and for others and always centered on their great love for Jesus Christ. When Marjorie passed it was a very tough adjustment for Shirley but she took up the challenge-she had a brilliant acute inquisitive mind that was oftentimes hard for her failing body sometimes to keep up with-though not a lady without opinions one was seldom left to doubt about her views on a vast array of circumstances and her terrific spirit to be as independent as possible. She was a wonderful woman of prayer and after almost any discussion or actvity she’d inevitably say “let’s pray about it” Anyone who took the time to get to know her would experience a loving caring thinking, challenging person! But she would often say that she was ready to go home and now she is home with her Savior,family, friends and other loved ones. It was wonderful to have known Shirley and I’m so grateful to the good lord for all I was privileged to learn and fellowship with her and take great joy that she is at rest and peace and rejoice that we’ll meet again one day-God Bless

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