GAILLARD, Shirley (nee Bohannan)
March 22, 1931 — March 21, 2017
Passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the age of 85. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 61 years, Edward Richard Gaillard and their children Mark (Anne) Gaillard, Jeffrey (Gaye) Gaillaird and Catherine Gaillard. Shirley is also survived by five grandsons: Aaron, Ryan, Derek, Alexander and Andrew and a great grandson.
Shirley was born in Walkerville, ON to Archibald Arthur Bohannan and Margaret May Mitchell on March 22, 1931 and grew up in Windsor, ON with her older brother, William James Bohannan (deceased). As a young child, Shirley survived Polio and spent her summers with her aunt and cousins in Strathroy, ON. In 1955, after a five-year courtship, she married Edward, who was serving as a member of the RCMP; together they raised a family and travelled across Canada due to various transfers and promotions. In the 1970s, Shirley and Edward began realizing their dream of travelling which included the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the 1990s they began cruising and travelled all over the world including the Panama Canal and China.
Shirley was a talented woman who could sew, quilt, stitch needlepoint and rug hook and spend many happy hours working on signature creations for herself and her family. She was an avid reader and was a regular supporter of her local library. Shirley loved to walk and dance and believed in eating an apple a day. Possessed of a wicked wit and steely resolve, Shirley lived her life to the fullest with Edward and believed in living her it one day at a time.
The family would like to express its appreciation of Dr. Jennifer Parsons for her dedication to Shirley, both in her family practice and during Shirley’s stay at Hospice House. Many, many thanks to the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna and for all the wonderful nurse and staff “angels” who truly cared for Shirley during her stay.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm at Missionwood Retirement Resort – Multi Purpose Room, 1075 Barnes Ave (corner of Barnes Ave and Gordon Dr), Kelowna, BC.
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