SLEIGHTHOLM, ShirleyPosted: November 12th, 2022
SHIRLEY SLEIGHTHOLM Apr. 12, 1925 – Nov. 2, 2022 Shirley June Sleightholm of Lethbridge, Alberta passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, with family by her side, on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the age of 97 years.
Shirley was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on April 12, 1925, to parents Addison and Anna Hagan. She was raised and educated there until moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she met and married William James Sleightholm. They later moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, where she resided until her passing.
Life for Shirley was full and varied. She was never afraid to take on new challenges to the amazement of her family and friends as they recognized just how brave and determined she was in setting and achieving new goals. She not only was an accomplished bookkeeper, she also liked traveling, volunteering at various organizations and growing an amazing garden and beautiful flowers each year. Her other interests included baking, doing various crafts, swimming, curling, baseball, fishing, camping, playing piano and card games, especially cribbage, and having a pet dog or cat in her home, which truly gave her great enjoyment throughout the years.
Shirley held a special love in her heart for her family, especially for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When Shirley moved into St. Therese Villa 5 years ago, some of her abilities to do things changed, but she graciously adapted and met her new challenges with dignity and courage. Her loving, kind, funny and feisty spirit came out even more as she grew beautifully where she was planted.
Two summers ago, Shirley asked Jesus into her life to be her Saviour and although Shirley will be missed dearly by her family and friends, this parting is not without the blessed hope that God gives us in the Bible, where those who are believers and followers of Jesus Christ will see each other again in Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Shirley is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Gail (Harvey) Nikkel of Lethbridge, AB and their children Kevin (Evie) Nikkel (Micah, Levi, Olivia), Roberta Nikkel and Deanna (Peter) Fast (Judah, Naomi, Meira); daughter, Peggy (Ron) McKitrick of Maple Ridge, BC and their children, Leanne McKitrick, Heather Livingstone (Lynzee, Jaxson, Zandra) and Janice McKitrick (Abigail, Kaitlyn); daughter-in-law, Jean Sleightholm of Lethbridge, AB and her children, Dallas Sleightholm and Carly Drysdale (Caitlyn, Bradley, Liana, Matthew); daughter-in-law, Lien Sleightholm of Cranbrook, BC and her children Billie and Bernice; and numerous nieces, nephews and families.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Addison and Anna Hagan, sister, Claire Palin, daughter, Leslie Hagan and son, William Sleightholm, Jr.
We, as Shirley’s family wish to thank the staff and friends at St. Therese Villa, Dr. Willene Roos, Home Care Nurse, Leanne Young and St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit for making her feel loved and cared for.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Reverend Peter J. Fast officiating.
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