(nee Reed) Our beloved wife and mother, Ruth Shirley Sawyer (nee Reed) passed away peacefully on April 13, 2013, of lung cancer. She was 79 years old.
Shirley is survived by her dearest husband Cleon, her devoted children; Norman (Eileen), Donna (Greg), Cleon Jr (Dawn), and Preston (Donna), her adoring grand children; Joanna, Christopher, Danica, Andrew, Sarah and Paige Elizabeth, and greatgrandchildren: Jack, Brandon and Leila. Shirley was born in North Bay, Ontario and was the 11th of 15 children. After a whirlwind courtship of three weeks, when Cleon was on leave from Korea, Shirley married her soul mate, Cleon in 1954. The family moved to British Columbia in 1963. Cleon and Shirley moved to Chilliwack in 1992 where they happily spent their retirement years. Shirley had the biggest heart, and was full of love, life and joy. Her smile could light up the room, and her laugh could bring a smile to all. Shirley and Cleon could not stand to see any child go unloved, so after raising their own children, they continued growing their family by bringing James and Jaime into the fold.
Shirley will be remembered for many things; her fabulous pies, her pickles, her dress making and sewing, her beautiful voice, her piano and organ playing, and her sense of humor and beautiful laugh. She loved to cook and to read, and she loved animals, her church and God. She is with all of our departed family and friends and will be now be watching over us from above. She will be greatly missed. Memorial Services for Shirley will be held on Friday the 19, 2013, at 2:00 pm at the Sardis Fellowship Church, 45187 Wells Road, Chilliwack.