Brown, Shirley Joyce

At the Souris Health Centre, August 9, 2022, Shirley Joyce Brown, aged 71 years, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Shirley was born November 27, 1950 in Brandon Manitoba to parents Nick and Helen Dunetz (nee Gumieny). Nick passed in 1962 and Helen married Matt Sidlar in 1965 and became Shirley’s beloved step father.
Shirley attended Rossburn School and then went on to post secondary studies attending Red River Community College, receiving a diploma in Secretarial Management. She was employed at the University of Manitoba Dafoe Library in Winnipeg. On a weekend back home she met a Vista farm boy who had graduated from Rossburn Collegiate in 1966 without ever having crossed paths with Shirley in school. Phillip (Phil) Brown and Shirley were married on August 14, 1971 and Shirley joined Phil in Souris where he was a teacher. Shirley worked for the Royal Bank in Souris for over 34 years and upon retiring then worked part time at Victoria Park Lodge Assisted Living Centre For Seniors. Phil and Shirley raised two children, Jeffery (Jeff) Glen Brown (1975), and Sherri Leigh Brown (1977).
Shirley was well like by the clients she served at the bank and at the Lodge. She was everyone’s favourite teller, and Lodge resident seniors looked forward to the nights that Shirley would be looking after their needs. She loved gardening and her flower beds were her pride and joy. She was a daily visitor to Salders Greenhouse and could spend a full afternoon looking at the plants and gifts. Shirley enjoyed her back yard, and Phil even got her hooked on watching the Jets. Her true passion was to shop the little gift shops on vacation trips and could even be a tough bidder at auction sales. Phil just loved the treasures she would bring home.

Shirley is survived by her husband Phil, her son Jeff, and her daughter Sherri with partner Mike Gagnon. Shirley has two granddaughters Natasha and Helaina. She is survived by her brothers Bill of Port Alberni BC, Alec of St Catherines, ON and sisters Mary of Winnipeg, Phyllis of Rossburn, and Cecilia of Winnipeg. There are numerous nieces, nephews, and spousal partners that will also morn her loss. Shirley was predeceased by her parents, by brothers Walter and Frank; and her sister Martha.

A private family graveside celebration of life was held at the Souris Glenwood Cemetery, Souris MB on Friday, August 12, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to the Souris Health Centre c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10, Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 in support of the outstanding care Shirley always received in aiding her courageous battle for life. A sincere thank you to Dr. Cram and his wonderful staff for their dedicated professionalism to health care.

25 thoughts on “Brown, Shirley Joyce”

  1. We are very sorry for your loss. Please extend our sympathy to your family.

  2. So sorry for your loss. We extend our sincerest sympathy to Phil, Jeff and Sherri.

  3. Phil, Jeff, Sherri and Family,
    Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

    Rest In Peace Shirley, your struggles are over.

  4. So very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. I so enjoyed our visits when she came to the Greenhouse every spring. It truly was her happy place and it made me smile to help her and see how much she enjoyed being there! Rest In Peace Shirley. You will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to you Phil, Jeff, Sherri and family.

  5. Phil, Jeff, Sherri and family,

    So sorry to hear about Shirley. Thoughts are with you at this difficult time.


  6. To Phil & family, We are so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Our sincere condolences. Traci & Clive

  7. My sincere condolences to Phil and family.
    Hold your memories close to your heart, may they never be too far apart.
    R.I.P. Shirley
    Denise Smith-Bosc

  8. Our condolences to you, Phil, Jeff and and prayers for you at this time.
    Judy and Peter Hiebert, Travis and Pam.

  9. Our deepest sympathy Phil, Jeff, and Sherri and family on Shirley’s passing. Gone way to soon. May all the memories give you comfort at this sad time. R.I.P. Shirley.
    Marg & Wally Kachanoski

  10. Thinking of you Phil and family always enjoyed visiting with Shirley. May you find comfort knowing she is at peace
    John and Erma Ginter

  11. Sending our most Sincere condolences to Phil, Jeff, Sherri, Grandchildren & extended Family.
    We wish we could be there to honor Shirley and show you all our Love and Support.
    Rest now Shirley and Enjoy your Healthy life. We Love you,
    Joe, Darlene Frankiw & Family

  12. Condolences to you & your family Phil
    I fondly remember the days Shirley & I worked at the bank together

  13. My deepest sympathies to your family! I enjoyed my many visits with Shirley at the greenhouse. May Shirley Rest In Peace!

  14. Phil, Jeff, Sherri & Family,
    Our sincere sympathy to all of you at this very difficult time .
    Our thoughts are with you. Hold your memories close. They are so very precious. Sincerely Robert, Marilyn Pearce & Family.

  15. So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing, Phil. Always enjoyed our good times together so many years ago. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Fred and Phyllis Colvin

  16. My Deepest Sympathy Philip and Family, and also to Shirley’s Family
    I remember Shirley’s beautiful smile and having a chat with her now and then while in between classes. She always had a nice word to say about everything. I know you will all miss her terribly, but a saying I once heard-“God gave us memories so we could have roses in December” may help you through the rough times. Embrace your wonderful memories to keep your rose forever in bloom.
    Sincerest condolences,
    Pat Pitcher (Moffat)

  17. We are very sorry for your loss. Shirley and I both like thrift shops and auction sales and we had some good visits when we would see one another. We will be thinking of you with sympathy at this very sad time, Ruth Mowat, Garry Reid, Robert, Gina and their families

  18. So sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the support of your family and friends
    Sincerely, Brian & Kathie Saunderson

  19. Phil and family

    Butch and I are so sorry for your loss. Sandy also sends her condolences as well. We’ll be thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
    Sincerely, Lynne, Butch and family

  20. Phil, Jeff, Sherri and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sending our deepest condolences to all of you.
    Barry and Carla Brigden and family

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