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Shirley AKERS

Shirley Akers, born on July 22, 1948, peacefully passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. Shirley’s cherished memory will forever remain in the hearts of her husband, Alan, whom she spent over 53 years of marriage with, and their children Kristin (Brian) Weighill and David (Veronica) Akers. Additionally, she will be remembered fondly by her beloved grandchildren Samantha, Carter, Charlie, Tristan, Elizabeth, and Annabelle. Shirley also leaves behind her sisters Sharon Kirvan and Sheila (Dwayne) McFadzen, brother-in-law George (Jeanette) Akers, nephews, and their families. She was preceded in death by both her parents and her husband’s parents.

Born in Medicine Hat, Shirley was raised in Redcliff before moving to Edmonton in 1967. Following her marriage to Alan in 1970, they resided in Calgary and later moved to Prince George, eventually returning to Calgary in 1982. Shirley was an enthusiastic volunteer, dedicating her time to her children’s activities. She was an active member of various organizations, including the Calgary CA Wives Club, the Glencoe Club, and the Glencoe Golf and Country Club, where she achieved the remarkable feat of recording two holes-in-one. Together with Alan, Shirley explored the world through extensive travels, with family trips to England being particularly memorable. For 25 years, they also enjoyed holidays in her home in Ramona, California. Shirley took great pleasure in hosting her family in destinations like Disneyland and Hawaii.

Shirley was known for her meticulous attention to detail and took pride in her appearance and home. She possessed exceptional craftsmanship skills and created various works of art. Her English heritage and upbringing filled her with immense pride, and she was a firm supporter of her loved ones’ accomplishments. Shirley faced numerous health challenges throughout her life but bore them with remarkable strength and resilience. In 2021, she was diagnosed with cancer and displayed exceptional courage and optimism throughout her treatment. While the treatment had debilitating side effects and weakened her immune system, it did not dampen her spirit or determination. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Anna Cameron and NP Pam Sweeney of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their exceptional care of Shirley.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Gordon Memorial United Church in Redcliff, AB. Rev. Dr. Nancy Cocks will officiate the ceremony, followed by interment at Hillside Cemetery and a reception at the Cook Southland Reception Facility. The family appreciates condolences expressed at http://www.cooksouthland.com. Those who wish to honor Shirley’s memory may make memorial tributes directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, Crematorium & Reception Facility is privileged to serve the family in this time of loss. Contact information is available at 877-528-6455.

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