Lorna Melissa SHEARING

Mar. 15, 1924 – Dec. 1, 2009

It is with profound sadness that we announce our mother slipped away December 1, 2009 after a brief illness. She left us to join her beloved husband and partner of 61 years, our dad. Lorna was much loved by her family and friends. Her light touched all those who came into contact with her. Left to celebrate her life are her children Julie Short (Bud Livingstone), Nancy McDougall, Deborah Shearing, Norm Shearing Jr. (Patti Hinds) and Carolyne Samarin (Drew Samarin), grandchildren, Erin Rivard, Kelly and Jessica Short, Graeme and Alyson Foote, Carly and Stuart Young, Giles (Marnie), Arran, Brett and Anna Shearing and Brenna Samarin and great-grandchildren Aidan and Ella Rivard and Cameron Young.

Lorna was the middle child of Violet and Robert Maguire and grew up in Rosedale. She was a great story teller and her growing up years have provided a life time of memories for her family. She loved her community and she and dad returned to Chilliwack 19 years ago. A nursing graduate of St. Paul’s hospital, 1947, she maintained close friendships with the women in her graduating class for over 60 years. Lorna’s family however was her true passion and no one ever doubted the depth of her love for them. Lorna was committed to education and self improvement both for herself and for her family. At the age of 60 she completed a degree in the field of Social Worker. She said that this education served her well for the rest of her life.

Mom, you were a woman who created beautiful spaces, both at home and in your garden. You didn’t need perfection but enjoyed harmony. To you, if people felt welcome in the spaces you so lovingly created, you were content. Truly, wherever you were, was a beautiful space because you were there. Queen’s kisses forever mommy. Love, your children.

We would like to thank Cascade Lodge who provided us an environment where we could treasure our last days with our mom. A service will be held Saturday December 12, 2009 at 2:00pm at The Community of Christ Church @ 9845 Carleton Street, Chilliwack, BC, reception to follow at the Edenbank Club House, 7001 Eden Drive, Chilliwack, BC. In lieu of flowers a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.