Shirley Ilene QUIRK
19 August , 1923 – 24 November , 2018
In Loving Memory of Shirley Quirk August 19, 1923 – November 24, 2018 We are sad to announce the passing of our mom, grandma and great grandma. Mom was born in Ottawa and on a trip to Vernon she met John, with whom she was married to for 62 years before he passed in 2008. She worked in the kitchen at the Vernon Prep School before settling down to raise her family and also at the Coldstream library for many years. Mom loved to garden, travel and spend many years with dad bird watching with the Vernon Naturalist Club. But it was her love of her family that defined who she was. We all meant everything to her and her door was always open for fun times, family gatherings, tears and hugs. Shirley was predeceased by her husband John and sister Marguerite; and survived by her sister Luella, son Don (Marge) of Grand Prairie; daughters Phyllis of Enderby and Marilyn (Ed) of Vernon; seven grandchildren and ten great grand Children. We love you and miss you so Much! There will be no service at this time. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.vernonfuneralhome.com Arrangements entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155
Shirley Ilene QUIRK
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16 December 2018
Condolences from Dave & Dawn Morse in Kitchener Ontario to Don, Phyllis, and Marilyn and their families. Shirley and John were Mom & Dad's best friends for 60 years, even when my parents both suffered from dementia in their 90's. We were always warmly welcomed when visiting the Quirks and really enjoyed hearing their latest stories. Shirley would fill us in on the latest news about her family, and John would have us in tears of laughter from his comments about living in the Coldstream. Both were incredibly intelligent, warm and resourceful and will be remembered by us always. It was like deja vu every year we drove down the long driveway to the house, seeing the goats down in the pasture, cats, their welcoming house (which caused John nothing but problems!), and of course, Shirley outside doing the gardening and cutting lawns. There were always stories about bears, raccoons and humming-birds. We loved them both.
30 November 2018
Memories of my dear aunt Shirley are instilled in my mind forever. When I travelled out west with my mother most of the excitement and fun was visiting Shirley. I could not wait to sit outside on her patio, perhaps with a cold beverage and catch up on all the news and wait for the relatives to drop in. Take a walk with her around the yard and down to the park. Her gardens and surroundings felt magical with all the colourful flowers and towering greenery. If you waited long enough maybe a deer or a bobcat would pop out from the bushes. I always felt at home because it was who she was and it was her personal touch that made it calming. It was so nice bringing my mother to her and watching them together and listening to their stories. I would sometimes squeeze my mother and Shirley in to the car and go for a trip. I can still see those two little people with white heads from my rear view mirror,, they become twins instantly. Lots of fun, lots of great excursions and I will miss her dearly.
Farewell aunt Shirley and rest in peace.
Your Loving Nephew Carl
Luella and Carl Teskey
30 November 2018
My dear sister Shirley was my best friend and we always kept close even though we lived miles apart. Shirley and I left home from our town of Ottawa at a young age and headed out west to start a new life in BC. I returned to live back in Ontario and Shirley stayed in Coldstream BC. Shirley now living at one end of the country and me at the other but it felt like she was next door. We would exchange letters regularly over the years. Twice a year my husband and would make a point to visit Shirley and John. Together we travelled with the birding group and went bird watching on the weekends. We shared many trips around the area and always dropped into a pub for a cold one. Her house had a very comfy feeling which is a reflection of her love of gardens and her wonderful natural soul. Shirley was always the happiest in her home. Shirley my friend my sister will always be missed greatly.
Your Loving sister Luella.