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December 31, 1932 – April 27, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce, with sorrow in our hearts and a lifetime full of loving memories, the passing of Shirley Lawritsen.

Shirley was born in Calgary and moved to Bowness in 1951 after she married Lloyd Lawritsen, who predeceased her in 1987. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends and relatives for her great sense of humour, kindness and great wit. One of her greatest joys was her twenty years at the VRRI working with adults with developmental disabilities. She enhanced the skills and lives of many people during her time there.

Shirley was an avid camper and loved to play cards with her family and friends. Many many animals had the privilege of her loving care – Katie was an especially beloved Shih Tzu. Shirley was especially adept at crafts having knitted and stitched many beautiful table cloths and framed pieces.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Lynn (Lori); her son, Scott (Vlasta); and her grandchildren Anika, Andrew and Connor. She was predeceased by her parents, Severin Ervik and Mabel Camp. Her son Glenn, who she greatly adored, was lost to cancer in 2007; and brothers, Jackie and Albert passed far too young. Shirley was blessed to have an extended family that included Ruth, Wallace, Pearl and George Camp – children of Mabel. She is also missed by a very large extended family with relatives in Norway and the Czech Republic.

A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

In living memory of Shirley Lawritsen, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dabby Fong :

    To Scott and family: My thoughts are with you at this time. She will always be remembered by the many fond memories that she has left behind with all the people that she touched. My fondest memory is the doll she gave my daughter for her first birthday, 21 years ago!! I still have the doll.
    She and my dad are probably having a good chuckle about now.


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  2. Judy & Ken Roche :

    Hey Scott,

    Judy and I send our deepest condolences on your loss. Mom’s are special so it is especially hard when you lose yours!
    I hope all goes well at the service. Judy and I are away on the weekend so our thoughts are with you.

    Judy and Ken

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  3. Colleen and Jeff :

    Lynn and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. A loss of our mothers is extraordinarily difficult. Cherish your fondest memories. Safe travels.


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  4. Liv Åshild Ervik :

    Dear Scot with family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Shirley for her great sense of humour and direct way of expressing herself. I had the pleasure of visiting her in Canada (with 10 members of the Ervik family) in 2001. My thoughts are with you.

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  5. Bonnie Graham :

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She had such a sense of humor and in the early days of my marriage to Rus, would be one of the people who went out of her way to make me comfortable. We enjoyed many a conversation at family events. I am sorry that I was unable to attend her memorial. Unfortunately, a friend of mine’s funeral was at the same time. It seems that these things run in threes. May you have strength to get through the days ahead. I lost my Mom a year ago and I am only now accepting her passing.

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  6. Kristianne Ervik :

    Dear Scott and family,
    My heartfelt condolances for the loss of your mother. The day I heard about Shirley’s passing, my siblings Liv Åshild, Anders and Kjell Steinar and I were tidying up in the apartment after our father, Magnar. I found a picture of Magnar and Shirley from the summer of 1997, and it is sad to think that neither of them are here anymore. I travelled with the two of them by car from Trondheim to Bergen. Whilst I remember Shirley as a great person to spend time with, with a sense of humour that spanned across generations, it is especially one episode I remember fondly. In a youthful rebellion I was angry with my father for something I’ve long forgotten. But I have not forgotten Shirley’s approach to situation. She comforted me and understood my position, without compromising on my fathers behalf or giving in to my (probably irrational) demands. I’ve always found that to be an impressive quality.

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  7. Carlyle & Carol :

    Dear Scott, Lynn & family,
    We were sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing….our condolences to all.
    I have fond childhood memories of your Mom & Dad visiting us on the farm west of Olds, as well as many visits to their home in Calgary…fun and laughter were always present at these family times. My Mom, who turns 93 this Saturday & is enjoying excellent health, sends her condolences as well.
    Carol (Martin) Tauber

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