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SHIRLEY JEAN CLAY (published on October 28, 2010)

SHIRLEY JEAN CLAY (MITCHELL) April 30, 1930 - October 24, 2010 After a lengthy illness, it is with deep sadness we announce Mum's struggle came to an end on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the Middlechurch Nursing Home. She left us to rejoin her father and step-mother Nellie and step-father Henry, spouse Richard, brother William (Bill) and her youngest grandson Kelly. Mum leaves to treasure her memories daughter Terri (Ron), son Robert (Karen), her precious grandchildren Kevin (Judy), Melanie (Sean), Kyle (Mindy and her son Brennan), Cory, and Cody (Kelly) great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kamryn, Carter and Charlee; brother Robert (Eileen), sister Joan, sister-in-law Shirley, nieces, nephews, extended families and friends. Mum was born in Winnipeg and grew up in the north end where she attended Luxton and St. John's High Schools. She was an excellent athlete and received many awards as a member of the Granada Speed Skating Club. In March 1946 she was crowned queen of the Luxton Home School ice carnival. Mum was proud of being a bobby soxer in the 40's and was a huge Sinatra fan. Following her graduation, she worked at the C.P.R. until she married and started a family. Mum dedicated her life to the two of us kids and provided a warm and loving home. She welcomed her grandchildren with the same enthusiasm and made sure she spend special time with each of them. She was a beautiful, kind and thoughtful lady and will be remembered for her caring attitude and genuine love for those around her. She was a great cook and famous for her pies, scones and cinnamon buns. Mum was always happiest having family dinners, spending time with friends and cheering on the grandkids in any sport they played. She was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan for years and later supported the Blue Jays. She also enjoyed watching boxing and skating. Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks to Maureen, Marie and Linda for their care, kindness and continued support during the past years. We would also like to thank the caregivers at MCH for their love, compassion and support. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private gathering will be held to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society or a charity of your choice. As Her Idol Said I did it my way

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