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HAINSWORTH, Shirley Louise (nee Turner)

October 26, 1925 – Moser River, Halifax County, Nova Scotia
June 14, 2019 – Sundre, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts, the family of Shirley Hainsworth announces her passing on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the age of 93 years.

Born in Moser River, Nova Scotia, Shirley grew up during the Great Depression in a tiny outpost accessible only by sea at the time. No doubt it made an indelible impression as she witnessed so many less fortunate. It shaped her political views and honed a great sense of social justice; responsibility and community. It also nurtured a great appreciation for non materialistic pursuits such as painting, gardening and reading, of which poetry was a particularly favourite indulgence.

She was an environmentalist and a non consumer long before it was deemed “cool”. She sought joy and found beauty from her garden, or pleasure from a spectacular sunset or awe from a full moon and its many phases. She was provocative. She fostered creativity, imagination, curiosity and independence, a noble legacy she instilled in her three children: Barry, Lynn and Valerie.

If it were not for World War II, Shirley would never have had the serendipitous occasion to meet her husband Laurie Hainsworth, a prairie boy stationed in Halifax with the Royal Canadian Navy. Afterwards they married in 1946 and together they enjoyed a marriage that spanned 68 years and endured several moves across the country during Laurie’s long career with the Royal Bank, while raising a family. Her spirit lives on in the various gardens she cultivated throughout those moves from Brooks, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Calgary and Sudbury. They are just wakening in tribute to her departure.

Shirley is survived by her children; Barry Hainsworth (Joan Locken) of Sundre, and Val Hainsworth (Joe Natale) of Sudbury; granddaughter Alexa Hainsworth (Cameron Melville) of Saskatoon; grandson Michael Locken of Airdrie; and last remaining sister, Joyce Naugler of Moser River; along with various nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Laurie in 2014 and loving daughter, Lynn in 2017 as well as parents; Carl Eldridge Turner and Rita Irene Miller, brothers; Gerald and Sherman Turner and sister Marjorie Bezanson all of Moser River.

In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. For those who wish, donations may be made to Sundre Hospital Futures campaign in recognition of the great care she received there or to Harbourview Lodge in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Shirley Hainsworth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Brent Bezanson

    Aunt Shirl was one of my most favorite people in the world, for more reasons than can be put in words. Both she & Uncle Laurie do & always will, live forever in my & my families hearts.

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  2. Steve & Karen Bezanson

    Oh Barry & Joan, Val & Joe and Alexa, words can’t express my sadness. To say that I’ve spent a lot of time reminiscing over the last two weeks is an understatement. The world has lost a truly classy lady! Hugs!

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  3. Elizabeth Baker

    Dear Barry Joan,Valerie, Joe and Alexa, Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You! . Aunt Shirley was such a Lovely Gracious Lady and I admired she and Laurie so much, We loved the times when you all would visit Moser River and grace us with your presence. We were all also Blessed to have visited them in Alberta, which is a treasured memory. She will be forever missed! Love to you all. Elizabeth, Stanley and Family.

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  4. Gladys Westhaver

    Being a friend of Marge and Blair, I saw Shirley every summer. I can see how her nieces and nephews would look forward to her visits. A lovely lady. Condolences to all who feel the loss.

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  5. Anthony Turner

    Dear Barry, Joan, Michael, Valerie, Joe, Alexa and Cameron, It is with deepest sympathy that we send these condolences and we will always cherish our special memories that we have of Shirley and Laurie. Your whole family has always been so special to us and unfortunately there have so many miles between the villages that we grew up in, that we did not have near enough time to enjoy them like we would have liked to. They have left such fine memories with us and we will cherish those forever. Andy, Heather and Family

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  6. Emily Turner-Brannen

    Aunt Shirley was one of my very favourites. Her summer visits to Moser River were always anticipated and enjoyed thoroughly. As children she treated us like human beings to be heard and enjoyed rather than simply tolerated. As adults she was always game for thoughtful and intelligent conversation. She will he remembered fondly and sorely missed. My deepest condolences to everyone who loved her.

    Emily Turner-Brannen

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  7. Dearest Bear,Val ,Alexa and Michael,my deepest sympathy and condolences to you all.Aunt Shirley was such a special lady.She leaves a legacy of wonderfull summer memories when visiting Moser Ann, Stewart, Alicia,Sarah and Wes

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  8. Nancy & Donald MacDonald

    To Shirley’s family: remembering Shirley’s visits to Moser River. She had a gift of making each of us feel special. Always considered her as an example of royalty , such grace and so beautiful. Sending sincere sympathy to each of you who loved her well. Nancy & Donald MacDonald.( George & Edie Turner’s daughter)

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