Shirley will be remembered for her love of her family—her parents, her siblings and their families. She cherished her husband, Jimmy, and their two children, Murray and his wife, Robyn and Vikki; and she adored her grandchildren, and great, and great, great grandchildren.
Shirley will be remembered for her lasting friendships, her generosity of spirit, her kind heart and her beautiful smile. She was a woman of simple pleasures: a good laugh, a little tipple, an inspired bet and of course, you’ll smile when you recall her feisty nature.
Shirley loved her footy, her home, her painting, her dates with friends, a cup of tea with family. She was a woman of elegance, jitterbug joy and loyalty. Shirley gave to all who knew her with humility and kindness.
Ecclesiastes 3: Selected verse
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
As we prepare to leave, let us entrust Shirley’s body to the elements from which all life comes. Her life has ceased, you can no longer hold her; and yet your relationship to her is ongoing. We are all a part of this cycle of life and death.
Shirley was not afraid to die; and here in this last act, with sadness yet without fear; in love, respect and appreciation, we commit Shirley’s body to its natural end, to the elements. May she rest in peace.
Copyright Wendy Haynes 2022