Surrounded by her family, Shirley Cameron peacefully passed away Friday, October 1, 2010 at the age of 91 at the Cowichan District Hospital. Born February 20, 1919, Sintaluta Saskatchewan, to James and Ruby Wilson. Predeceased by her husband Lorne, father James, mother Ruby, brothers Gerald, Donald, Thomas, Basil and sister Dorothea. Lovingly survived by her children Jim (Mickie), Ric (Verna), Wendy (Rick) and Cathie (Kevan), Grandchildren Chris, Todd, Stacy, Jason, Michelle (Rocky), Dameion (Krystal), Angela (Tom), Brandi, Jesse, Nathan and Jasmine. Great grandchildren, Taylor, Mitchel, Raven, Tanner, Rikki, Jack, Kade, Kyana and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley moved to Duncan B.C. as a young woman where she met the love of her life, Lorne Cameron. They were married June 14th, 1949 and soon after started their family, living in logging camps, Bear Creek, Harris Creek, Port Renfrew and Caycuse. Her beloved husband Lorne passed away suddenly in 1964. A year later, she moved her family to Lake Cowichan where she lived the remainder of her full and active life. Shirley was never one to be in the limelight but if you lived in Lake Cowichan you may have bought a cake she baked for a bazaar, had a sandwich she lovingly made for a funeral or bought a gift at the Cowichan District Hospital gift shop where she volunteered. Mom loved her garden, she was the happiest when her flowers were blooming and the birds were singing in her backyard. Mom encountered several difficulties and obstacles over her life and always overcame each one with grace and determination. She touched many people over her lifetime with her smile and willingness to give back to the community. Shirley possessed a genuine love of life and family and a deep compassion for all people and creatures great and small, (except for the black bear that kept breaking her fence to get at her apple tree). We know that mom is now together with her husband Lorne and she is at peace. Special thanks to Dr. Froese and the dedicated and caring staff at Cowichan District Hospital for their compassion and support. The family would also like to thank the special Home Care workers that made mom’s life more comforting. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lake Cowichan United Church on October 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations on Shirley’s behalf can be made to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation.

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