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Shirley Faye (McKenzie) Clark

April 14, 1928 ~ September 4, 2020 (age 92)

Obituary

The world lost a dear soul on September 4th, 2020 when Shirley Faye (McKenzie) Clark passed away at the age of 92 years in Claresholm, Alberta.

Shirley was predeceased by her beloved husband, Don Clark less than a year before. They were married 69 years. 

Shirley was born in Jasper, Alberta and lived there until the age of three when her family was transferred to Wainwright, Alberta. She completed her schooling and upon graduating from high school, she moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she was hired by TCA (now Air Canada) as a teletype operator in the weather office, a skill she learned from her dad. 

While living in Wainwright, Shirley met her future husband Don, who was in the Dental Corp at the Wainwright Army Base during the Second World War. After the war, Don continued his education, studying dentistry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Shirley and Don were married during this time on June 3rd, 1950. After graduating in 1953, they moved to Don’s hometown, Claresholm, Alberta where he set up his dental practice. They built a beautiful home where they lived the remainder of their lives until health issues presented in their elderly years.

Shirley was a devoted mother of two girls - her family meant the world to her. She loved life and had many friends throughout her life. She always took the time to “put the coffee pot on” or would say “come on in for a Coke float” when friends dropped by. She always had some yummy cookie or treat to eat. She loved a good laugh and was often the life of a party.

Shirley had many activities she loved. Figure skating being one and later was one of the founders of the Claresholm Figure Skating Club and president for several years. She was a beautiful pianist, receiving her Teacher Degree. She was a great cook, and made the best roast beef and yorkshire pudding around. She was an excellent baker and made the best pies ever! She was also a beautiful seamstress and knitter.

She loved her flowers and loved to garden. She loved all the little dogs she had throughout her life. Shirley loved God and did her best to live her best life. 

Shirley was predeceased by her husband Don Clark, she leaves behind daughter Glenda Faye Philip, grandchildren Erin Roxanne (Jordan) Eaton, great grandchildren Eva Rose Eaton, Jordan (Monica) Philip, Great granddaughter arriving October 2020. Daughter Sheryl Dawn (Charlie) Ewing, grandchildren Calvin Thomas (Laura) Ewing, great granddaughter Maia Anne Crosby, Sorcha Dawn Ewing. Granddaughter Lonni Joleen (Dan) Robley, great grandchildren, Luka Faye Josephine Robley, Willow Anne Clarissa Robley, Linden James Ewing Robley.

Shirley is also survived by her sister Wendolyn Gail (McKenzie) Sawatzky, nephews Dale (Carol) Sawatzky, children Alex, Garret and Wyatt. Nephew Daryl Sawatzky and his son Josh, Kimberley Sawatzky and her son Jace.

Shirley was a trooper - always carried on when things got tough. She received incredible care and love from the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, the Cottonwood and at the Claresholm General Hospital while living and visiting these facilities. We are eternally grateful to you all for helping care for our folks these last several years. Sadly, due to Covid-19, a small private funeral will be held for Shirley.

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