Carr, Shirley Thelma

Shirley Thelma Carr Shirley, the daughter of the late William and Olive Smith, was born in Toronto on February 5th, 1930. She passed peacefully on February 11th, 2017 in her 88th year. Shirley spent a happy childhood in Toronto with her parents and three sisters. While completing high school, she worked at Heinz and volunteered putting together ration kits for soldiers. As a young woman, she loved to roller and ice skate. In her twenties, she worked at AVRO on the Arrow program in Malton, Ontario. She met her husband Harold on the dance floor at Dunn’s Pavilion in Bala, Ontario and they were married on June 13, 1953. In 1955, she moved to St. Thomas with her new husband and for decades, she worked as an executive secretary and in the accounts receivable department at Weatherhead/Hayes Dana. She was a lifetime member of Stirling Chapter IODE, where due to her gift for numbers and amazing penmanship, she always seemed to be either the secretary or the treasurer. She enjoyed this charity work and made many lifelong friends. Favorite pastimes included camping with her family, square dancing with Harold, and playing cards with her “bridge ladies”. She was also a good sport, tolerating endless rounds of golf with Harold and was a member of the St.Thomas Senior’s center, where she enjoyed exercise classes and Tai Chi with friends. She took great pride in her immaculately tidy home and was happiest there with her family, either in her sunroom or reading a book next to her cozy fireplace. Shirley is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Harold Carr (89) of St. Thomas. She will be lovingly missed by her only son Keith (Laura) of Mahomet, Illinois. She is survived by brothers-in-law Ray Askin, George Carr (Ann), Walter Carr (Dorothy), sister-in-law Pat Coulombe, and numerous nephews and nieces. She had a special relationship with her dear niece Dianne Van Voorst, her husband Jim, and all of their children. She was predeceased by her beloved sisters Marjorie Frost (Jim), Carol Panchenko (Fred) and Norma Askin. Very special to Shirley were Keith’s friend Steve Donker, wife Catherine and their children Lauren and Sean. She will be remembered fondly by special friends Lavarre Clark, Jesse and Bob Charlton, Helen Howard, Ethel Ker, and Marg and Jim Marchant. A friend and neighbor recently said Shirley was a “dear soul”. She was an extraordinary mother and wonderful wife, with a kindness and a quiet strength that inspired all who knew her. A celebration of life will be held for Shirley in the coming months; detailed announcement to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or Stirling Chapter of IODE. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements.

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