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SHIRLEY MAE SANDERS (published on September 08, 2009)

SHIRLEY MAE SANDERS (nee Wilt) Peacefully on August 22, 2009 at the Grace Hospital, Shirley passed away with her son David by her side, after a brief illness with cancer. Shirley's memory will be forever cherished by her daughter Valerie (Robert Manaigre) of Minitonas, MB, son David Sanders of Wawota, SK, grandchildren Chelsea Manaigre (David Gerow), Cassandra, Lance Manaigre, also nieces, nephews and friends. Shirley was predeceased by three sisters Evelyn, Bertie Parker, Jean Ford, and brothers, Dr. Jack Wilt and Frank who died overseas on February 29, 1944 in the Second World War. Shirley was born July 8, 1925, in Moose Jaw, SK, she was the youngest child of Alvin and Mabel Wilt. Mum would always fondly reminisce about growing up during the depression years on Grandpa's farms near Pasqua, Stelcam and Drinkwater, where she graduated high school. One of Shirley's fond memories was herself, Jean and Frank teaching themselves how to play an old piano in one of the farmhouses. Like mum would say the piano was there so why not teach ourselves how to play just for the fun of it. After high school Shirley attended normal school in Moose Jaw and starting at the age of 18, she taught school at Craik Davidson, Pebbles and Kelso, SK. She enjoyed teaching in those little country schools, but deep down she knew that a career in nursing would be her calling, so in 1947 she went to Winnipeg and began training at the General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1949, which was a very proud accomplishment for her. Shirley would fondly reminisce about how the nursing instructors were very strict and demanding. After graduating Shirley worked at the General Women's Pavilion in Winnipeg, the Moose Jaw General Hospital, and the Wawota Hospital where she met our dad. Also Shirley worked at Deer Lodge Hospital, which for her providing such nursing care for the Veterans was such an honor because to Shirley they were her brothers. Later Shirley graduated from the UofM School of Nursing and finished her career with the City of Winnipeg as a Public Health Nurse. Shirley enjoyed playing her Hammond organ, reading books and having good visits with family and friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and health care workers and also the other hospital staff for the kind and compassionate care that our mother received when she was on the 5th floor at the Grace Hospital. Also thank you to our cousin Paul Wilt during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donation in Shirley's memory may be made to a cancer charity of one's choice. Cremation has taken place and a memorial to celebrate Shirley's life with family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

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