Shirley Jeanette Bell passed away peacefully on November 18, 2020. Shirley was born to Stanley and Minnie Scudamore in Mimico, Ontario on September 14, 1932. Her family had a history of military service through both World Wars and November has always been a season of remembrance for her. It is fitting that her journey also comes to a close in November.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents and by her brothers William, John, Joseph and Bruce. She is survived by her sisters-in-law – Sharon (Bruce) and Ruth (Joseph), her children – Mary-Jane (Peter), Allan (Sandra) and Lorraine (Scott) and her grandchildren – Margaret, David, Calum, Caitlin and Sarah.
Shirley was a long time resident of Pinawa, Manitoba where she raised her family. As her children grew up, she returned to work with the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. She was an active member of the Pinawa Christian Fellowship.
Shirley was artistic and enjoyed learning a variety of fibre arts including rug making, needlework, knitting and later in life she learned to quilt. She was proud to make a quilt for each grandchild.
Although she freely admitted that she could not carry a tune in a bucket, she loved to “make a joyful noise” and the radio and music were a constant companion. She hated it when someone switched her radio to the country station – even though it had better reception. She was a loyal CBC listener to the end.
Shirley left Pinawa in 2006 but retained close ties to the community and her friends. Shirley resided in both Winnipeg and Steinbach after leaving Pinawa. As her health failed, she moved to Rest Haven Nursing Home in December of 2018.
The family would like to thank the staff at Rest Haven for their care over the past year.
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour with interment in Monominto Cemetery.
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Hugs my dear friend Lorraine, Wishing blessings in the days, weeks and months to come ♥️
So very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. I have many fond memories of her. My deepest condolences to Mary-Jane, Allan, Lorraine and their families.
My Condolences to Shirley’s family.
Our loved ones never leave us. They are always in our hearts. May all the great memories you have made with your mom help you in the coming days during this difficult time. Love and hugs
Mary Jane, Allan and Lorraine
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. The sadness is multiplied by not being able to be together with friends and family to share memories.
A memory I have of your mother is her trying to feed me tapioca – the great big ones. It wasn’t too bad until she called them “fish eyes” and then I nearly woofed the whole lot. (lol)
My sincere sympathy.
Shirley was a great working companion for many years at the Bioassay and Wholebody counting labs at Pinawa.
Great memories I will have for ever!!
Thanks for the memory, Stan. I was trying to work in the wholebody count into my mom’s story – but couldn’t figure how to do it without a long explanation for non-AECL people. I still remember the first time she put me in there – and now that I have my own teen – I’m just surprised that she let me out. Proof that she was a much better person than me….
Pat and Joan Mills
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis & Shirley Cann
Mary Jane, Allan and Lorraine,
We were very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. We were lucky to have known Shirley first at the Whiteshell Labratory but then for many years with the Pinawa Christian Fellowship. She was a positive person who was always willing to help. Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your mother.
Dennis and Shirley Cann
I was sad to hear from Carol Szekely of Shirley’s passing. I met her soon after we moved to Pinawa in 1965’ and also worked with her in the lab for a short period. Tad and I always enjoyed her visits with us in Ottawa. I send my deepest sympathies to you all on the loss of your Mother Grand mother.Rhoda
Thanks for your message, Rhoda. My mom always enjoyed her trips to visit with you.
With fond memories of your Mom from our across-the-street days on Burrows Rd. May she Rest In Peace and her love be with you always. With Heartfelt sympathy Diana
Sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Unfortunately we are away and unable to attend the memorial service.