February 20, 1943 – November 29, 2012
Shelley Dean McPherson passed away at home on November 29, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Drumheller, Alberta, on February 20, 1943, the oldest child of Charles and Mary Sue Smith, and had many happy memories of her childhood there.
Shelley is survived by her mother of over 60 years, Josephine Smith of Drumheller, Ken Dyer, her partner of 39 years; her two children Laurel (Phil) and Heather (Mike Kerr); and four grandchildren Ryan, Katherine, Samantha, and Ben. She also leaves her brothers Del (Dale) and Don (Bonnie); sisters Linda (Ernie) and Carol ; four cousins Arden, Patricia, Rod, and Gary – will mourn her passing as will six nieces and nephews; and Ken’s family in New Zealand, Owen (Cherry), Barbara (Stoney), Alison, and many others.
In the early 1960s Shelley lived in France, Belgium and Germany where her former husband Don McPherson was navigator with the RCAF. Upon returning to Canada she made Courtenay her home for the past 45 years. For many years Shelley enjoyed working at Laver’s Department store and Home Hardware.
Shelley was predeceased by her birth mother in 1949; her father in 1996 and an infant daughter Mairi Joy in 1969.
Special thanks to Dr. McFadden and to the home care nurses for their care and kindness to Shelley, and to the many friends and neighbours who have expressed their love with phone calls, flowers, cards and visits during her brief illness.
She will be fondly remembered for her sense of humour, beautiful smile and be missed by all who knew her.
There will be no service at her request.