Shirley Claire Leonard (nee Robinson)


June 10, 1925 – May 01, 2012

Shirley is predeceased by her husband Hal, and her brother, Bob. Shirley is survived by her daughter Lora (Ted), her son, Thane and her grandchildren Griffin, Janna and Amelia and her brother Fred. Shirley was born in Nakusp, BC to

Frederick Chester Robinson and Lora Hunt Robinson (nee Doane). From age five,

Shirley grew up in Nelson, BC and it is there that she

enjoyed hikes up Pulpit Rock, summers at the family’s cottage, Sun ‘n’ Fun on Kootenay Lake and where her interests in ballet and especially piano, took root and flourished. Shirley

received her nurses training at Royal

Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. and graduated from the three year program in the class of 1947’B’. Lifelong bonds were formed amongst her nursing

sisters who affectionately refer to Shirley as ‘Robbie’. Shirley next attended UBC for a one year post-grad training in Public Health Nursing. She began her PHN career in Trail and Tadanac for a short time and was then posted by the B.C. Government to the Arrow Lakes District in Nakusp. In her own words, she “loved her work!” It was in Nakusp at a school district corn roast that Shirley met the love of her life, Hal, a teacher there at the time. The two were married in Nelson in 1952. From there it was on to North Vancouver where Shirley continued as a PHN in the public school system. The couple worked

together to hand build their first house on VA land and it was completed in time to welcome their daughter, Lora Louise and two years later their son, Thane Eric. The aroma of Shirley’s incredible baking and cooking likely still lingers in Lynn Valley. The family moved to Windermere/Invermere in 1967/68 and while there, Shirley, an accomplished

musician, played the organ for dinner guests at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. In 1972 the family moved to Kelowna where Shirley became the organist for the Kelowna Chapter of Eastern Star for a few years. Shirley’s other interests and activities included pastel art and painting, knitting, crochet, sewing, volunteer work and many travels and Scrabble games with Hal. Latterly, Shirley enjoyed word search

puzzles, bingo, bird watching and morning walks. Shirley will be lovingly remembered for her genuine philanthropic

nature. She has touched many lives with her compassion, consideration, respect, kindness and subtle sense of

humour. A whisper in the din, a feather on stone, Shirley’s gentleness drew the best of everyone to the surface … a

nurturer and healer in the truest form. Shirley’s family

wishes to thank the caregivers, staff and residents at

Mountainview Assisted Living, the healthcare providers and staff at KGH and the BC Ambulance Paramedics for their sincerity in acknowledging Shirley’s needs. A Memorial

Service will be held for Shirley at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC. It is Shirley’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. The family also wishes to acknowledge the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and searching Shirley Leonard under stories.

Arrangements in care of First Memorial

Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.

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