Shirley Anne BLANKE (nee Smith)

BLANKE, Shirley Anne

(nee Smith)


Born December 19th, 1934 and passed away peacefully in the  early morning of August 5th, 2017 at Cottonwoods at the age of 83 years after a lengthy illness. Shirley is survived by her husband Albert of 62 years, 1 half-brother Alan (Jean) Nottingham, and one half-sister Rona of France, two sons Guy (Linda) and Gary (Heather) of Kelowna; 3 granddaughters, 4 great grandchildren.

She touched the lives of all her family and friends with her love and humour and will be sadly missed. Shirley was born in Nottingham England and met her husband Albert while he was in the Canadian Air Force on tour through Europe. They were married December 4th 1954 in Nottingham and then resided at several air basses across Europe. Her eldest son was born in France in 1955. Upon returning to Canada in 1957 she gave birth to her second son. She has resided in Kelowna with her family since August of 1964. Heartfelt gratitude must be extended to the wonderful and caring staff at Cottonwoods who made Shirley’s near 2 year stay a pleasant experience. Kind mention should also be made to her attending physician, Dr. Mackle.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

A celebration of life will be September 9, 2017 at the Ramada Inn, Kelowna BC., from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077