Obituary of Shirley Marlene Morgan
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Shirley Marlene Morgan, at the age of 76, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Shirley will be sadly missed by Mona Brisson, her beloved spouse of 24 years, sisters-in-law, Léonne Brisson-Kelsch (Albert Kelsch), Janine Brisson, loving nephews, niece and their children, Nathan Balzer (Casey Bauer) Xavier, Aidan and Olivia; Dylan Balzer (Amanda Sampson) Stella and Nora; Liette Kelsch (Marty Micklash) Adrienne and Théa; ‘Tante’ Yvette Brisson; cousins, Valerie Verhaeghe, Sylvia Hamlin, Faye Hildebrandt and their families, as well as many more cousins and friends.
A special thank you to sister-in-law, Janine, who was there every step of the way on Shirley’s long journey. We could not have done it without you!
Shirley was born in the rural community of McConnell, MB, the only child of James Wesley Morgan and Mary (May) Elizabeth (née McMurachy). After graduating from Hamiota Collegiate, she moved to Winnipeg and obtained her College Designation in Med Lab RT and Radiology at the Manitoba Institute of Technology. Her career spanned over 30 years as Chief Technologist at Roblin Diagnostics. Later, during her retirement years, she worked part-time at the Misericordia General Hospital in Winnipeg.
Predeceased by parents Wes and Mary (May), Shirley felt great pride at the induction of her father and the McConnell Men’s Baseball Team into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame on June 10, 2000. It was a very memorable occasion and a wonderful evening shared with childhood friends.
‘Curly’, affectionately nicknamed by her brother-in-law Albert, competed in Women’s Provincial Curling. She also loved golfing and was a member of the Windsor Park Women’s League for numerous years. She stayed sharp by playing Sudoku, brain games and various computer games.
As a woman of faith, Shirley lived her life accordingly. She was an ethical and generous person with a sharp wit, a great sense of humour, and a heaping dollop of common sense!
Little ‘Miss Fashionista’ had a great sense of style that was the envy of many! Some of her favourite things were eating out, pet sitting for Milo, Frankie, Lilly and Lulu, and most of all, her two miniature Dachshunds; Deanna, her perfect lady and Gypsie, her little mischievous one. My, how she loved them!
Our deepest gratitude to Cancer Care MB, Dr. A. Leylek, Nurse (angel) Jennifer Fisher Côté, Dr. P. Kerr and their dedicated staff. The care and compassion you provided were very much appreciated! Special thanks to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit, Riverview Health Centre, and those who called and emailed throughout Shirley’s heroic journey.
Our hearts were shattered, but the love you gave us Shirley, will continue to emanate from us all, as we move forward to honour your legacy.
If you so desire, please consider a donation to Cancer Care MB.
A private celebration of life will be held this summer.
God saw that she was weary
And the hills were hard to climb
So He closed her weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace Be Thine”.