Shirley Jean Block

February 9, 1933January 15, 2021

It is will great sadness that the family of Shirley Jean Block announce her passing on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the age of 87 at the Brentwood Care Centre in Calgary. Born in February of 1933 to Harry and Harriet Nelson, Shirley spent most of her formative years in Prongua, Saskatchewan. She moved to Alberta in 1952, where she met her husband and they raised their children.

She leaves to mourn her daughters and their families, Jean (Mark), Sheila (George), and Elaine, Shirley’s grandchildren; Chris (Sandra), Kyle, Matt (Sarah), Ryan, Andrew (Catherine), Michele (Clint,) Miles, and Paige, and also her two great-granddaughters; Adelaide, and Hayley. She will also be fondly remembered and deeply missed by the many nieces and nephews to whom she was close.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband, John, daughter, Marnie and siblings: Norah, Robert, Dot, Toby, Agnes, Dee and Jim.

A Celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations in Shirley’s name will be gratefully accepted by the Epilepsy Society of Calgary at


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Shirley Jean Block

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January 20, 2021

sorry to hear of my dear Auntie Shirley's passing. she was a favourite, the youngest of the Harry and Harriet Nelson family. she was universally and unreservedly loved. condolences to all her daughters and their families. I hope her memorial will be an occasion for a family gathering sometime later this year when we can share our memories of many good times. Love to Jean, Sheila and Elaine.

Karen Bowman LoCicero

January 20, 2021

My heart is full of love for sweet Aunt Shirley. Her laugh, smiles and gentle nature are memories that stay with me. She was a wonderful mother to her girls, all different with their own personalities and strengths. She left behind her a line of strong women!

Lots of love to my cousins and their families who will miss Shirley very much. The bond of family unites us all.

With blessings and much love,

Dianna ADAMS

January 20, 2021

To the Block family - my sincere sympathies. I worked with Shirley at the City of Calgary for several years. As a very young adjuster, I was so fortunate to have her help me along the way. Her work ethics were far beyond anyone I have ever worked with. she was such a hard worker, but also a beautiful sole. through the years we often think of her very fondly. our thoughts now turn to her family as we pray for peace in these difficult times

Chris Deakin

January 19, 2021

Great Grandma Block