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COPPING, Shirley Emily (nee Hunter)

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

With family by her side, after a very long life and a very short illness, Shirley passed on.

Born in Silverton BC in 1921, Shirley was predeceased by all of her siblings (Helen, Buzz, Dorothy) and her husband (Norman). Survived by her daughter Anne Marie Kirby, son-in-law Russell, and her beloved grandchildren, Emerson and Olivia.

After graduating from Business College in New Westminster, she went on to work for the BC Forest Service, BC Electric, and the House of Commons before a long career with the School District in Vanderhoof, BC. Shirley also attained the rank of Flying Officer with the Intelligence arm of the R.C.A.F., discharging in 1949. Shirley also spent many years on village council while in Vanderhoof.

Shirley retired to Kelowna in 1990, joined by the rest of her family in 1995. She was kind, accepting and brilliantly witty. She enriched the lives of everyone she ever touched, and will be missed by all.

Special thanks to the Saints of Cottonwoods “B” for all their help, patience and love these past years.

A memorial of Love and Life to be held on Friday July 25 at 5 PM at Springfield Funeral home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A private interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army: 1480 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y5.

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The service for COPPING, Shirley Emily (nee Hunter) is scheduled for Friday July 25 at 5 PM . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Bill & Roberta Brown says:

    Anne Marie and Family,
    Just read of your Mum’s passing, our sympathy to you and your family.
    Your Mum was one of a kind. Thoughtful, considerate, patient the epitome of a wonderful, skilled and very talented secretary. Displaying tact with Secretary-Treasurers who ventured often into the unknown at their great peril.
    Her skills and patience stood here always in great stead whether it be dealing with errant staff or elected officials and this skill became more evident with her ascension into the ranks of elected councillors.
    She served both the School District and the Village of Vanderhoof with integrity and honour and will be long remembered by those with whom she worked.

    • Anne Marie says:

      Thank you Bill, I really appreciate hearing from you. I agree, she was something very special and I was lucky to spend 52 years with her.

  • David Van Dolah says:

    It is with great sadness to hear that your mom passed away. She was such a great lady and a great influence to anyone that knew her. I know she will be missed. My deepest sympanthy to you and your family.

    • Anne Marie says:

      Thank you David. She was great up to the very end too. Even the ER staff fell in love with her in one night. It’s very nice to hear from you.

  • Tracy Roche says:

    Anne, so sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a sweet and patient lady. I know as she put up with a lot from us! My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Jean Van Dolah says:

    Anne, so sorry to hear your Mom has passed. Ron and I just loved her. We have so many memories, dinners we shared, wonderful lunches. After she moved to Kelowna, we would drop in to visit when we were in the area for basketball, either Ron coaching or grandson, Jeff playing basketball for UBCO. We would catch up with you and your family. She was a proud grandma. All our love, Ron and Jean

    • Anne Marie says:

      Thanks so much Jean. I did see this before the funeral but couldn’t bring myself to reply right then. I hope you’ll me your Christmas letter, I love hearing about the family. Love, Anne Marie

    • Anne Marie says:

      Hi Jean, thank you so much. I did read this a few weeks ago but wasn’t up to responding at the time. Both of you were very special to her (and me). I sure hope you will continue to send your Christmas letter to me; I really enjoy hearing about the family. Love, Anne Marie

  • Roxanne Lackey (Van Dyck) says:

    Anne ,truly sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a big influence in my life. Like a second Mom at times. Glad to hear she had grandchildren I am sure she would have treasured them dearly. Take care, she will be missed.

    • Anne Marie says:

      Hi Roxanne, thank you so much. I can’t believe how nice it is to hear from you; it’s been so long. Mom was very fond of you. I hope you are well.

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