Brown: Grateful for her long and happy life, the family announces the peaceful passing of Shirley Brown on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at the Souris Personal Care Home at the age of 98.5 years. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Lois and Ella (Tony West) and sons Hugh (Thelma) and Glen (Jan Greenwood). A celebration of Shirley’s was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Private interment in the Carroll Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Shirley, donations may be made to Souris Glenwood Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
Shirley was born May 19, 1924 in Neepawa MB, the 9th of 10 children born to Hugh and Mathilda Campbell. She grew up on the Campbell farm at Franklin. She was educated at Iroquois, Franklin and Eden schools through grade 12 as her father believed strongly in educating his seven daughters.
In 1942, being wartime when teachers were scarce, Shirley returned to Franklin two months after graduating from high school, to teach ‘on permit’ at Iroquois school. She attended Normal School in Winnipeg in 1943, after which she taught in multi-grade single room schools at Iroquois, Inkerman and Stockton.
In 1946, she met Wilf Brown in Neepawa at a baseball tournament and dance. They married October 23, 1948 and Mom moved to the Brown family farm in the Hebron district where the family grew to include Hugh, Lois, Glen and Ella. She was an active member in the communities of Hebron and Carroll.
Shirley returned to teaching in 1965 when the local Hebron school had a vacancy. She taught all eight grades there until 1968 when the little country school closed and was amalgamated into Souris, where she transferred to continue teaching. She taught grade 4 and later 5 until she retired in 1985.
In 1970 Shirley enrolled at Brandon University to upgrade her teaching qualifications with a degree. This meant that for the next four years she taught full time, was raising four children and studying for a university degree in the evenings, weekends and summer holidays, all at the same time as her husband, Wilf, fell terminally ill before dying in late 1971. Not letting any of this get in her way, she simply got on with it and proudly graduated with a Bachelors of Teaching in 1974.
Shirley was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, St Paul’s UCW, Fellowship Club, golf and curling clubs, was a representative for the Souris Valley School Division Teacher’s Association, worked out over 1000 times at the Curves gym and was an enthusiastic aquacise devotee until she gave that up at age 90. In her mid 80s, she embraced technology and mastered email, Skype and FaceTime which served her well during the Covid lockdown times. Two days before she suffered her stroke, she FaceTimed her daughter for a chat.
Shirley moved to Victoria Park Lodge in 2009 which she loved calling home for the next 11 years, enjoying the combination of independent living with plenty of in-house social activities. In 2021, realising she needed more support, she moved to the Personal Care Home where she thoroughly enjoyed the staff, the activities, her room and bird life outside her window.
Shirley had a long and healthy 98.5 years, maintaining a positive and practical attitude toward life throughout. Safe travels, Mom, and rest in peace.