It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Shirley Templeton. Shirley was born on November 18, 1934, in Wadena Saskatchewan. She was raised in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, where she lived for all but five years of her life. Shirley passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on May 6, 2017, in the Kelvindell Lodge.
While sitting around the family dinner table, she would share her memories of being a student at Roscommon, a small country school, and talk about the friendships developed, school pranks played and her responsibility of keeping one little brother and cousins in line. Shirley was an outdoor person – she enjoyed horseback riding, bike riding, playing softball, skating and dancing.
After leaving school, Shirley worked at the Kelvington Union Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She was saving to attend nursing school, however love got in the way of career and on October 31, 1952, she married Andrew Templeton. Shirley and Andrew had five children over the course of 14 years.
Shirley Templeton will be remembered for her laughter and her love of a good joke that would bring a twinkle of mischief to her eyes and a smile to her face…even in her last days. She loved to dance. Her toes would start tapping as soon as she heard a beat; she danced until she was 81.
She enjoyed being around people and “getting out.” In her early years, she loved to curl and socialize with friends on Saturday nights. Later on, it was more fair weather sports like golf, walking, and vacation trips to different lakes and golf courses with friends. She still has bragging rights as the only one in the family to get a hole-in-one.
Shirley’s most significant accomplishments were being a great wife, mother and grandmother. This was her career and she took it seriously.
Shirley will be missed by family and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, friend and lifelong dance partner Andrew Templeton; father and mother, James and Christina Clark; and her brother Mervin Clark.
Left to celebrate Shirley’s life are children, Patricia (Mike) Weisgerber, Scott (Caren), Pam (Rob) McKay, Trent (Elaine) and Dwight (Lori); grandchildren, Brodie (Laurel), Tyler, Katelyn (Franklin), Alisa, Braden (Alysia), Keegan (Lisa), Conlin, Andrew (Priya), Shane, McKenzie, Zach, Shaina and Ciana; and great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Miles, Tannah and Memphis.
Look at life and find reasons to laugh, let humor be the gateway to one’s heart and soul. Laughter can resolve conflict and sorrow and open doors to friendships and love. The world needs more laughter, it doesn’t cost anything, it’s always with you, and it’s universally understood.
Thank you, Mom, for teaching us the importance of laughter. Your legacy will live on in all of us.
We will forever miss that twinkle in your eyes every time you laughed.