ARTHUR Shelley Darlene
March 5 1962-Dec 5 2009
It is with deep sorrow that we experienced the passing of Shelley, our middle child, the daughter of Maureen Connelly- nee Arthur and RAD Arthur of Victoria BC who passed away suddenly in Coombs BC.
Survived by her sisters Valerie Ellis of Parkville BC and Melanie Lebrun of Victoria and step mother Ada Arthur, who will miss her presence. They will miss her sharp, quick and quirky wit as she was known for her insights as to others motives. Her brother in law John Pletz of Parksville was a fun time for Shelley’s days of skiing at Whistler and his gourmet cooking was her delight.
She leaves two wondrous nieces Courtenay Pletz and Madeleine Pletz who were her diamonds, as she seen their shine in her life .A nephew born to Dennis and Melanie Lebrun in April 09, called Truman; had her enjoying some play time, with delight in July and Oct 09. She leaves relatives in Alberta, Ontario, Whitehorse who she maintained close ties with her email passions and Face book.
Shelley graduated from Highlands in 80, maintained many friendships with her classmates and was well know on Face Book for her many photos of the good times of the high school years classes and loved being an Air Force brat. Comox Valley was Shelley’s home, she never strayed far from her roots, friends and the ocean as she needed that continuous connection.
Shelley became a Court Reporter in 1988, owning her own Court Reporting business in the Valley for many years and then in 2000 she became the Principal Founder of Visual Voice Captions. She was admired by her professional cohorts for her skills and aptitude as a Cart member and a Captioner professional for the Deaf and Mute Communities.
Those flying fingers, over 300 words a minute, took her to the Senate in Wash DC and Ottawa as well as NYC with United Nations as she strived to improve the lives for the minority and needy of the Deaf Communities of many Countries and Provinces. She was an advocate and wrote many articles endeavoring to awaken and spread the word for a better world for the challenged. She was a Reformer at heart and in her mind, her mom was so proud of her dedication and integrity, even though the long long hours of computer time across the International zones affected her neck, arms and back to constant pain with weakened health in the last few years.
Travels to South Africa, Kenya, Amazon Rain Forest and Sri Lanka India, Korea with her skills as a Captioner brought out her love of Ancient History. She shared many photos of her wondrous times on Face Book for all to view and that was her happiest times in the last several years. Her passion of caring to improve life for others, her personal beliefs and values would make a difference in their world and she completed her mission. Her beautiful Spirit Essence lives on with all her Cart members and the Deaf Mute people she aided thru NCRA, the unity and oneness she strived to maintain for equality for all.
Shelley was on the Advisory Council of BCSRA, as well participated on the Cart Committee for the Deaf and Mute community. I have been asked by UNBC in Prince George and Maureen Hewleet who are advisories for the Deaf and Mute Disabled to mention that Shelley was the first Captionist to aid John Paul Jones of Pacheedaht First Nation Band of Port Renfrew. This was a breakthrough in frontier for Academic needs for Natives with Deaf and Mute challenges and they honored Shelley’s dedication and skills. Some of you may wish to donate to her passion for a better world thru UNBC and this act will be one of kindness and awareness of others needs in our rocky world.
Special thanks to Steve Estey and Leo Valdes who are Consultants and Directors who worked with her for the World Enable Consortium to support and equalize life and to protect their rights as human beings. Keep up the good work you two and thanks for being there for her and honoring her dedication and passion.
Many of the Comox Valley area and Black Creek communities would have seen Shelley walking her gentle giant Kayla, her Pyrenees, her boo bear, as she walked Black Creek for years, the Spit and The Oyster River as they did require a second look. A sight to make one smile!
Any donation you wish to make in Shelley’s memory can be made to National Great Pyrenees Rescue at www.pfne.org, as Shelley’s love of animals and nature was well known.
No service as per Shelley’s request, the family will spread her ashes with her beloved pets in the spring time around her 48 the birthday.
Her family has dedicated a bench in her honor in Spirit Park on Tsolum River, if you care to pause in nature with Shelley, Kayla and Ms Tiggy, her cat as she would love you to sit and just be with her in the moments.
Sympathy may be expressed thru: Maureen1208@telus.net