Shirley died in New Westminister, B.C. on August 6, 2020 at the age of 86 years. She was the daughter of Morley F. Ball and Dorothy E. Wallace and attended Brockville schools.
As a young teen she was very athletic and played baseball for Phillips Cables Women’s Baseball Team, Local 510. She was noted for her batting and pitching skills. Shirley was also a talented artist and drawing was her passion.
After finishing high school at Brockville Collegiate Institute, she entered the nursing program at the Brockville General Hospital. She graduated in 1956 and worked there until May 1958 when she applied for a nursing position at Vancouver General Hospital and was accepted. In that month, she and her sister Barbara, drove across Canada in an old 1952 Chevy Sedan, stopping to connect with people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan that she knew as a girl during the War.
In Vancouver she met her husband Ernest Charles Webb and they were married in Brockville on June 20, 1959. They made their home in Burnaby, B.C. and later moved to White Rock, B.C. near the U.S. and Canadian border. They had four children Darlene, Victor, Kathleen and Kenneth and two grandchildren Brendon and Christopher. Shirley worked for many years as a nurse in Burnaby hospital and then in Whiterock Nursing Home until her retirement in 1994. In those retirement years, she and Ernie spent many hours drawing and painting when not playing golf – their other passion.
Shirley’s favourite vacations were back East at the family cottage on the St. Lawrence River. She always missed “The River” even though she loved the beautiful mountain scenery in B.C. Those family get togethers provided so many laughs and happy memories, as did the nursing reunions with her lifelong friends.
Besides her children and grandchildren, Shirley is survived by her sister Barbara Petersen and husband Alan; her brother Ronald Ball and wife Anne; nieces Paula Nichols, Leslie Ker, Katie Wilson, Rachael Gargan and nephews Douglas Petersen and Ryan Ball. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Doreen Lefler and Lillian Webb; by her brothers-in-law Gordon Webb and Douglas Webb and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father in 1992; her mother in 2013; and in 2018 her beloved husband Ernie.
A funeral service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burnaby, B.C. on September 5, 2020.
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