July 30, 1952- August 19, 2012
Shirley Anne Koop was born July 30, 1952 to Abe and Siena Koop. She was their second child and second daughter. Shirley was born with a song in her heart and music was what made her happy. As a child growing up on a farm she grew to love all the animals. Many a time we had to take in stray dogs or cats because she had such a heart for abandoned animals.
When she was a girl of 8, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Shirley was the happiest on the weekends when we visited with our cousins at Grandma and Grandpa Funk’s farm and we all gathered in the living room to sing. School was always a struggle for Shirley but after high school she attended Burrard Inlet Bible School and made many new friends there. One summer she went to Manitoba and NW Ontario and taught backyard clubs for CEF. Shirley spent some of her young adult life in Camrose and Brooks, Alberta.
Later in life, Shirley went and took her training for working with special needs people. The last decade of her life she had been working in the group homes and this had brought her much fulfillment and joy as these special ladies became her friends.
When her 3 grandchildren came into her life, Savannah, Logan and Cameron she became the happiest Grandma yet. They were what she lived for every day as she awoke. When she discovered she had cancer, she began her journey back into right relationship with her God.
Shirley will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her gracious hospitality even when she had no means to do so, and her fierce dedication to her children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by our dear mother, Siena (Jean) in January 1994 and leaves behind her father Abraham Koop, siblings Esther Young (Syd), Victor Koop (Gail) and Gloria Mante (Ken) and her children Ben Lunn and Amy Koop and her fiancé Corey Neyrinck, (grandchildren) Savannah, Logan and Cameron.
The service will be held to honor her life on September 4th/2012 at the Sardis Fellowship Baptist Church at 3 pm.