Obituary of Shirley Mae Glen
January 30, 1936 - Stoughton, Saskatchewan
October 18, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta
It is with great sadness that our family shares the news of Shirley Mae Glen’s peaceful passing on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
Shirley will be missed by her husband Ross, her sons and daughter-in-law, James Crozier, and Brad and Lorry Crozier; and her stepdaughters and their husbands, Cathy and Dave Orr, and Debbie and Rob Will. Her grandchildren, Cody (Alexandra) Crozier, James known as “Mac” Crozier, Cassandra (Mike) Baker, Sarah (Joel) Klemenz and Dana Will, will miss her sense of fun and energy. The arrival of Beckett Klemenz, the first great-grandchild was a delight for her. Shirley is also survived by her brother Alan Hartley, her sister-in-law Marnie Swinehart, and many much-loved nieces and nephews and their families.
She was predeceased by her parents, Eileen and Homer Swinehart; her brother Eric Swinehart, her sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Bud Petterson; and her nephew Blair Petterson.
Shirley was born January 30, 1936 to Eileen (nee Wynne) and Homer Swinehart in Stoughton, Saskatchewan.
After the arrival of her sons Jim and Brad, she returned to university as a mature student and completed her degree in Education at the University of Calgary. For many years, Shirley taught Grade 1 for the Calgary Board of Education. Her passion for reading extended to teaching her students, the early fundamentals of reading.
Shirley loved to read. Never was there a day that passed that she didn’t have a book in her hand. Shirley also loved to travel and had many memories of her trips to South America, India, Africa, and Japan. One of her most favourite places on earth was Maui where she and Ross had many great times with family and friends. On July 20, 2023, Shirley and Ross reached a milestone 50th wedding anniversary. Shirley had a wide range of interests and was always able to contribute to a conversation. In later years, she had more time to explore her creative side and greatly enjoyed her time painting. Her paintings were full of color and beautiful details.
Shirley’s last days were spent at Chinook Hospice where she was cared for with much kindness. She was so happy to be there and grateful for all the friends and family who came to visit and extended kindness and love. We express our sincere gratitude to all those who cared for Shirley at The Chinook Hospice. Special thanks to Deb McCullough who has been a steadfast, kind, and compassionate friend to Shirley and our family particularly over the past ten months.
We want to express our sincere thanks to Dr. McPhee and the entire team of doctors and nurses at Helios Health & Wellness. The guidance, support, and follow-up over the past months have been invaluable and much appreciated. Also, a sincere thanks to Dr. Assumus, Dr. Gotto and Dr. Sinha who guided us in the last days.
A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will be held at the Earl Grey Golf Club (6540 – 20th Street SW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Shirley’s family here.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Foundation – Specific Area, Suite 800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB, T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.calgaryhealthfoundation.ca.
In living memory of Shirley Glen, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.