December 31, 1926 – January 18, 2013
Aileen Jordan (Irwin) Shier passed away, peacefully, on January 18th, 2013.
Family and caregivers surrounded her during her last hours. Aileen will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband of 64 years, Murray Shier, and by her children and their spouses; Jerol Moignard (Peter), Molly Shier (Art Norris), Mitchell Shier (Nancy Love), Reid Shier (Zoe Lasham), her sister Carol Grant, her brother Joseph Irwin, her niece Jordan Fabish, and their families. Aileen dearly loved her grandchildren and will be sorely missed by Kate (Matt) Rhodes, Paul and Neal Moignard, Jordan and Erin Shier, Kieran Shier-Norris, and Harlan, Eli, Belle, and Jude Shier. Her new great-granddaughter, Scarlet Rhodes, brought her much delight in the last year of her life. Aileen will be missed by many dear friends.
Aileen was born in Denver, Colorado on December 31st 1926 and came to Canada when she was three with her parents Joseph Stewart Irwin and Carrie Mae Irwin, and her brother Mitchell. Settling in Calgary, she attended Elbow Park primary and Rideau Park high schools, as well as St. Hilda’s School for Girls. She attended the University of Alberta, Edmonton where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. There she met her future husband Murray, whom she married on Dec. 21, 1948 at Christ Church, Calgary.
Aileen loved people and people loved her. Her warmth and generosity were infectious, and she made friends effortlessly. She was always ready to help out, the first to bring flowers, food, and assistance to anyone in need. Many people felt her loving care throughout her life, and when they spoke of Aileen the word most used was “kindness”.
She loved books and had a passion for learning that she imparted to all of her children. In the 1970s Aileen fulfilled a lifelong goal by returning to university to study education. She became a Teacher Librarian and worked in a number of Calgary schools, the longest with Strathcona-Tweedsmuir. Aileen was dedicated to her church, St. Peter’s Anglican, to which she gave many volunteer years. Her faith in God was very true. She also loved to travel, making five trips to Australia to visit her daughter Jerol and her family. In 2007 she attained another lifelong dream when she traveled to England and Ireland with Jerol, Peter, Molly and Kate.
Aileen faced challenges with an unfailingly positive approach, and her family has great respect for her quiet courage. Aileen suffered from dementia in her last years and we all grieved the gradual loss of her bright, warm personality and her many abilities. We are immensely grateful for the ongoing care of Dr. Kelly Young, her in-home caregiver Jenny Arroz, and all the staff of the private care home of Connie Piad, to whom we extend our heartfelt appreciation for their dedication in making Aileen’s last few years comfortable.
We will miss her smile, her laughter, her unselfish giving. We will miss her presence with us. But we are glad that she is now at peace, and whole in God’s loving arms.
Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, (903 75 Avenue SW) on Friday February 1, 2013 at 11:00 am, with a reception to follow. A family graveside service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to St. Peter’s Anglican Church in lieu of flowers.
In living memory of Aileen Shier, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences