Shirley Gertrude Wangler


May 18, 2009, Vernon BC

Shirley, our mom, and her twin sister, Verley were born on April 7th, 1921 in Wilkie, SK to Randle and Nellie Moon. There is a story told that the twins were the first to be born in that area and were kept in a small box covered with wool. Shirley, our mom was later nicknamed Teenie and Verley, Biggie.

Mom met the handsome Peter Wangler, cowboy and army soldier, and on June 26, 1940 they were married in Calgary. During the years they spent in Calgary their two sons, Larry and Dennis were born. Our family lived in Salmo, BC before moving to Courtenay, in the Comox Valley where their daughters, Beryl and Shelley were born. In the early 1950’s Mom and Dad bought a farm on Dove Creek Road where they resided until the spring of 1979 when they moved to the Armstrong area.

Mom was a Canadian Daughter in Courtenay for many years and she made lifetime friendships with the other ladies. Dad worked away from home a lot so mom was kept busy raising four kids and usually a cow to milk and of course, lots of horses to deal with.

In 1981 mom and dad bought a small farm on Yankee Flats Road near Armstrong where they resided until 2006. Mom loved to sew and do crafts. You couldn’t just stop in for a cup of tea or coffee without mom “emptying her fridge” with treats. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were so important to her. She loved to treat them all “special”.

Mom spent her last two years as a resident of Heron Grove, Vernon. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Cottage 1 and 5 for their care, kindness and love they gave our mom. Mom is survived by her sons Larry (Eileen) of Courtenay, Dennis (Barb) of Falkland, Beryl Stedel (Stoney) of Smithers and Shelley of Vernon; grandchildren Michelle Szameitat (Mark), Brian Wangler, Dennis Wangler, Stephen Wangler, Lisa Lewis (Robert), Alison Stedel and Glen Stedel (Melissa), Ty Thomson (Joanne), Skye Thomson, Dusty Thomson (Jen) and Brandi Thomson (Brandon). Mom has twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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