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JEFFERIES, Shari Lynn

July 20, 1955 – London, Ontario
July 21, 2018 – Olds, Alberta

Shari passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the age of 63 years.

Born into poverty and scorn July 20, 1955 Shari Jefferies went on to enjoy all the world had to offer, yet normally denies to someone of her station. She married Gwyn, October 16, 1976. He was the perfect help mate for her as she blazed through life breaking down barriers in hopes of settling her family upon a foundation of hope and stability she could only dream of as a child. Her boys, Keith and Glen, followed in 1979 and 1982. At that time, Shari drove 4 hours round trip to complete her teaching degree at the University of Alberta. Always a staunch feminist, she found teaching not only because of her love of the classroom, but because someone dared tell her it was foolish because she lived so far away and had such small sons. Never tell Shari that she shouldn’t do something. She would try all the harder to move Heaven and Earth to make it happen. As her boys married, Amy and Natasha became the daughters she always dreamed of having. She left this life knowing her 6 grandchildren, Brytan, Austin, Wesley, Gloria, Lydia and Watson, will be raised on a safe and sure foundation because she was able to break the cycle of her forbearers.

Shari would go on to complete a Rec Therapist degree from the University of Lethbridge, a paralegal degree with a specialization in Immigration, and next week she was to complete her certification to provide advanced pedicures. Shari knew education was the ladder to a better life; she climbed it often and made sure her sons did the same; they both became doctors. Shari never took life for granted and her quest for memories allowed her to dine in the world’s finest restaurants on New Year’s Eve, watch the sunset in Polynesia, and leave her footprints along the beaches of New Zealand. Though she was born a bastard, she died a Queen and her legacy is that if a man or woman believes enough and works hard enough they can overcome and achieve anything!

Graveside Service at Cochrane Cemetery on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. with Funeral Services to follow at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Cochrane, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Shari Jefferies, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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  1. Gwyn,

    We send our deepest condolences to you and to your family. May it bring you comfort knowing your wife is now with our Heavenly Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Neil and Grace Tomyn

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  2. Liz Grossick :

    Dear Jeffries family – I don’t have the words to express my heartfelt sorrow and condolences to your wonderful family. I thought the world of Shari. She was a warm and engaging woman and easy to make conversation with and share some good laughs. I first met Shari when we shared a big sweater together around a campfire at a Retreat by the Ghost River many years ago – and we would sometimes cross paths on the commuter bus and sit together and visit. I enjoyed any conversation and association I had with her over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you – sincerely with much love and friendship, Liz Grossick

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve only had the great opportunity to meet Shari once, but she was a great person and made Gwyn very happy. I wish the entire family peace and love through this very hard time.

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  4. Vanessa de Mello :

    On behalf of all the staff at The Esthetic Institute Training Center and the team at Beauty Depot, we wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Shari. She was a wonderful student and woman who exuded warmth, kindness and determination. She was on her way to being a top notch pedicurist. We were all very proud of her. May she rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord. We will always remember her in our hearts.

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  5. Gwyn,

    We are so sorry to hear about Shari’s passing. We hope that love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

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  6. Trevor and Patty LaBranche :

    Gwyn and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Jennifer Cummings :

    Gwyn,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family as you mourn the loss of your wife. I know that God will grace you with peace and comfort in the days ahead. Take care my friend.

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  8. Bill Knodel :

    Gywn. Very sorry to hear about your loss . I wish you the strength to get through your sorrow, Hold your family close, our thoughts are with you , take care.

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  9. Sandi Horton :

    Hi Gwin and family,
    We at Bow RiversEdge are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Shari. It was a huge shock for you and your family and friends and I don’t know how you are coping. My sincere condolences, love and hugs from us at the campground . We would like to make a donation in Shari’s memory to a charity of your choice.

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  10. Niel and Wendy Hewitt :

    Hi Gwyn
    So sad to hear about Shari. We treasure the time we were able to spend with her. Our condolences to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

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  11. Hello.
    I met Sherry when I was very young. I am Auntie Florence’s niece – Katie Joyce. I have fond memories of going to West Edmonton Mall with My Grandma Edna, Auntie Florence, Sherry, Keith and Glen. It was a long time ago but I can still remember. Auntie Florence meant so much to me and she alway spoke so highly of Sherry and my heart goes out to all of you. We love you and send you all of our best.

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  12. Marie-Linda Plante :

    Sincerest condolences to the family ! I always remember Shari, she was great, she was my first Manager at Bethany Supportive Leaving. She adored her grandsons, that was all she talked about when they were born…. We truly lost a great lady.

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  13. Carmen Hercher :

    Shocked and saddened to hear of Shari’s passing. Worked with her at Bethany. She was a wonderful person to work for. My prayers are with her family.

    Carmen Hercher

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  14. Carmen Hercher :

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I knew Shari from Bethany. She was a wonderful manager and friend. My prayers are with you all at this sad time.

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  15. Ron & Vicki Chapman :

    Gwyn and family
    It is with great sadness to hear of the loss of your wife and partner. I hope you all will be able to remember all of the great moments in life that you shared together and know you will have a place in your hearts for Shari. Remember the past and look on to the future as I am sure she would have wanted.

    With sadness
    Ron and Vicki Chapman

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