15 December, 192030 April, 2021

Shirley Constance Ellis passed away on April 30th 2021 at home at Shawnigan Lake BC Born in Saskatoon SK. Dec. 1920

Life Story: Shirley had a wonderful childhood growing up as an only child enjoying many privileges in Saskatoon. She travelled to England and throughout Canada with her mother and father. She was always active and had an excellent work ethic which served her well throughout her life. A product of her time, Shirley graduated from nurses' training at Saskatoon City Hospital in 1946. A few years after graduating, she moved to Vancouver. While nursing at the Shaughnessy Hospital, she met and then married Richard (Dick) Ellis in 1949.

They moved to Victoria, where he became a law partner at Clay & Company in 1951. They had five children over eight years while living on Kingsberry Crescent next door to the infamous Carnes Clan. Shirley went back to nursing for a time in the geriatric ward at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. She spent her leisure time curling, playing bridge, and she loved a good game of tennis well into her 90s'. Shirley travelled the world with both friends and family, and as an avid sun worshipper, was always ready to go to any sunny destination to lay in the sun. As the family matriarch, Shirley managed the family cabin at Shawnigan Lake, where she loved hosting summer parties.

One of her last wishes was a trip to Hawaii and then Cuba with her daughters. She lived independently at Foxborough Hills for many years before moving to Berwick House on Shelbourne Street. She loved her beautiful apartment while enjoying the social life with her friends. Last August, she moved to Shawnigan Lake to live with her daughter during the pandemic and celebrated her 100th birthday in December. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family.

Predeceased by: Her Daughter, Patricia (Pat) Jane Ellis on April 1st, 2021.

Survived by: Daughters Debbie Battler, (Michael) Cathy Waet, Barb Gardiner(Doug) and son David Ellis (Catherine) Neice Val Avery. 7 Grandchildren, and 14 Great Grandchildren. Beloved Peberdy cousins, extended family and friends.

Service Information: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date A donation in Shirley’s memory may be made to the BC Cancer Society.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.



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Linda Macfarlane murphy

8 May 2021

Dear Debbie, Cathy and family, Debbie your message was lovely and I am so happy you could spend her last 8mos
In your home during the pandemic, I have wonderful memories of your mom both at our family gatherings at shawnigan and later at the racquet club playing tennis. One of my special memories I will never forget was Shirley coming to visit me in our little cottage on west Saanich rd just after we were married. She was a wonderfull ladyand matriarch of your family.. we will continue that friendship at the lake!
Love Linda Macfarlane murphy

Brenda Burch

7 May 2021

I am very sorry to learn of Mrs. Ellis' passing. She was always Mrs. Ellis to me - her daughter Debbie is a lifelong and cherished friend of mine.
Mrs. Ellis was always fun to spend time with. She was witty and clever and she dearly loved Shawnigan Lake. Every time I met her was a great encounter.
My deep and sincere condolences to her family and friends. She was one of a kind!
I love this picture of Shirley and my Corgi, Jolene. They were very happy together on the patio at Shawnigan Lake.

Mike Cates

6 May 2021

I feel very fortunate to be able to say that Shirley Ellis was a great friend.
She always made me feel very welcome in her home, and indeed in her life. Shirley loved her little quips and zingy one-liners - and was well known for these ! We all loved them too.
To all of the Ellis family: Shirley has left a unique place in the world that won’t easily be filled. But at the same time she has left us each a little bit richer in so many ways. I’ll really miss her

Douglas Macfarlane

6 May 2021

Shirley was a wonderful woman. Always so positive and warm and friendly, with a great sense of humour. Memories start with Clay, Macfarlane, Ellis and Popham and continue with shawnigan lake connections. Yes, remember well the rugby tea parties that teammate Paul describes. RIP Shirley, you were an amazing matriarch.

Debbie Battler

6 May 2021

I will treasure the last 8 months of Mum's life while she was living with my husband and me. This photo was taken on her 100th birthday with her favourite drink a martini. If not a martini then a glass or two of red wine every night she would stand at the top of the stairs at 5:00 pm and say is it "wine time"? She would come down on her stairlift and we would sit together and watch the upside guys, wheel of fortune and Jeopardy. I love and miss you so much.

Lorne Carnes

6 May 2021

Very sad to hear of Mrs. Ellis’ passing. I spent a lot of time next door, climbing inside the attic, poking around the spooky basement, playing baseball in the ‘field’, tossing balls over the garage, stealing apples/cherries and hiding around the hedge waiting for an opportunity to kick the can.

My most vivid images of your Mom remain her lying for hours on the front stoop sunning herself, burning the pampas grass and sitting around the annual Halloween bonfire in a lawnchair. She spent a lot of time keeping her gardens up and I cut those lawns many times...taking great care to avoid damaging her precious Shasta Daisies.

Wishing our best to you all.

Christopher Carnes

5 May 2021

Shirley and the Ellis’s were always like an extended part of the family. As one of the “Infamous Carnes Clan” when our mother and father would be away at work the constant in our lives was in an emergency go to the Ellis’s and they will help you. Probably the best friend our mother had who she could always relied on was Shirley whether it was playing tennis, bridge,swimming at Shawnigan Lake or the love of french provincial furniture they had a special bond. One special memory was when I went to take my drivers test my father was at work and my mother could not drive so Shirley agreed to take me to do the drivers exam. When she got in my 1957 beetle she remarked ... “was I sure this car was even going to make it down the street”?...but off we went, and she was definitely correct because the driver instructor took one look at the car and the yellow rejected sticker from the testing station and wouldn’t even get in. Shirley just shrugged and said sorry kid but I do need a ride home so let’s get going made it down here so it should get us back.

Paul Carnes

5 May 2021

Sad Day. Shirley was a dear friend of the Carnes family. The many times we played in their yard baseball, kick the can, eating cherries and apples. They always supported me in odd jobs like painting the house or refurbishing a cedar canoe so I would have money for university. Rugby drew me into the parties at the basement clubhouse but it was the support of the Ellis family that kept me going. Mother would have tea with Shirley and I am sure that they are right now discussing family, tennis, and bridge. All the best. Paul Carnes

Ken Carnes

5 May 2021

What a sad day for so many people that knew and loved Shirley. As part of the Carnes family that lived next the Ellis family for decades, I can only confirm what everyone knows, a wonderful person has passed on. To all of the Ellis family, my heartfelt condolences to you all.

gerry cooper

5 May 2021

Deb and I, along with our mothers Shirley and Beulah, have all been life long friends. We have travelled together, laughed together, made memories together and cherished the quiet times together too. We visited Shirley when she moved in with Deb at Shawnigan - enjoying lunch on the deck, marveling at the view of the lake, gossiping and laughing hysterically. We were so blessed to have had this visit which is how we will always remember her.

Love always Gerry and Beulah