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NEESER, Shirley Joyce (nee Hampton)

May 25, 1930 – September 28, 2014

Shirley Joyce Neeser passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Bow View Manor in Calgary, Alberta. Mom was with her children and grandchildren through her final days sharing warm laughter, tears, memories and songs.

Mom was born in 1930 in Elnora and lived her entire life in Alberta, she adored her prairie province. She loved her home and lived for her family. Mom enjoyed her beautiful garden and the “harvest” of their hard work. Our memories of Sunday night dinners and family celebrations will always be treasured, thanks to Mom. Her later years were more difficult due to Alzheimer’s but even through this trying time, she always managed a warm smile and with her sparkling eyes she would reach for your hand and say “Hi Honey”. Her unconditional love and support for her family is a virtue that will never be forgotten.

Shirley is survived by five children, Walter (Jacqie), Pam (Bill), Craig (Carol), Janet (Martin), and Breen (Barb), all of whom she was immensely proud. She was further blessed with ten wonderful grandchildren, Tessa, Graeme, Curtis, Jordan, Selby, Zak, Wren, Jillian, Thomas and Ryan; and by three great-grandchildren, Lake, Asher and Kari. She is also survived by her brother Jim Hampton. She was predeceased by her loving husband Jim Neeser of sixty years in 2009, and by beloved son David in 1975.

A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB T5H 4K1. Tel: (1-866) 950-5465, Our family would like to thank the staff at Bow View Manor for the special care and attention Mom received these past years.

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

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  1. Peter and Mary Finch(Long) :

    Expressing deepest sympathy to you in your loss of Shirley. I remember her from high school and happy times in Longview. God Bless

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  2. Debbie Kirk ( nee SCHWARTZ) :

    I am so sorry about your mom. I remember the fun times we had growing up in St. Albert and think about them often.
    Love Debbie (Schwartz)

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  3. Linda Dalgetty :

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. You, Barb and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Terry Maruyama :

    Our deepest condolences on your loss. As I sat here feeling sad, I found myself slowly having fond memories that I had growing up. The privilege of growing up as a neighbor and having her share in my family as well.

    Take care
    Terry Maruyama

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  5. Craig Maruyama & Joan Kraayvanger :

    We were very sad to hear about the passing of your mom. I have many fond memories of your mom and living accross the street from your family. She was a very special person and alway made you feel welcome.
    Take care
    Craig Maruyama

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  6. My condolences on your mother’s passing. She was at Dickinsfield with my dad Manuel Borges. I was just thinking about her the other day. I loved seeing her dance with your dad when he would take her to pub night. After he passed, I would take her up along with my dad so that she could enjoy the music. She was so easy to be around. She was such a sweet and gentle soul. Coincidentally, my father just passed also, he went to be reunited with my mom on Sept. 27th. It’s so difficult to lose them, but what gives me comfort is that they are now with their beloved partners.

    May God bless them.

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  7. Patti O'Neill and Don Scantland :

    Our sincere condolences to your family on Shirley’s passing.
    Jim and Shirley were such great neighbours and they are truly missed.

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  8. Dale and Deb Schafer :

    Breen/Barb and family,
    Our condolences in the passing of your mother. Breen, you have long been a great supporter for the Alzheimer Society thru your annual hockey tournament fundraising and involvement… a difficult disease to witness and deal with for certain. You have a strong family and network of friends to help get you through this. Our best regards to you and your family.
    Dale and Deb

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  9. Gordon Madsen :

    On behalf of the Madsen family, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Neeser family on the passing of ‘Shirley’.
    As a youngster, I personally had fond memories of my good friend Craig’s mother Mrs. Neeser, such that when I was a boy of nine years old and my sister was born I suggested to my parents that they name my sister ‘Shirley’. Being the spoiled boy that I was at the time (or so my sisters say), I got my wish and my sister was named Shirley Marlene Madsen. While she went on in life to be known as Marlene, the fact remains that she was actually named after Mrs. Neeser, who had left such an impression on me at a young age.
    Devon was a great place to grow up, particularly with so many children in our neighbourhood at the time. I can remember being sad when the Neeser family moved on to St. Albert, but will always remember the good times we had together.
    Our deepest condolences.
    The Madsen Family

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  10. Brett Maruyama :

    Shirley was such a big part of our lives growing up. Her capacity for caring and kindness were truly extraordinary. Her smile could both light up a room and fill your heart with warmth at the same time.

    I have been lucky to have several “mother figures” in my life. Shirley was one of them, and outside of my own Mom she had the biggest impact on my life.

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Brett Maruyama

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