Shirley Margaret Avis passed away peacefully on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the age of 88.
Shirley was born in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ruth and Fred Williams on July 30, 1929.
She was preceded by her parents; husband, Walter Avis; and siblings and their spouses, Dorothy and Jim Mitchell, Marion and Bill Gow, Frank and Donna Williams, and brother, Lloyd.
Shirley is survived by her two sons, Jim (Andrea) Avis of Fort Frances, Ont. and John Avis of Edmonton, Alta.; two much-loved grandchildren, Branda (Mitch) Christoffersen and their newborn son, Ralun, and Scott (Nicole) Avis and their two children, Kiplan and Aspen.
She also is survived by her brother-in-law, Brian (Mona) Avis.
Mom and Dad were married on Aug. 25 1951 and they spent 63 years together. On their 60th wedding anniversary, she was awarded a long-service medal for endurance with a sense of humour.
Together they ran Midway Marine, and built their cabin on Rainy Lake with her sister, Marion, and family. Many happy years were spent there with their children and friends, entertaining, playing cards, working on crossword puzzles and later sharing her love of the lake with her grandchildren.
Mom had a long career at Brennan's, later known as Johnson's Jewellers; she had fond memories of people choosing engagement rings, china, and jewellery. This gave Mom a lifelong love of “fine things” and she was happy knowing that her treasures will be cherished and enjoyed.
At age 50, Mom returned to school to complete a college diploma. She was extremely proud of this accomplishment and so were we. Mom was able to use her newly-acquired skills as a bookkeeper and office administrator until her retirement.
Mom passed her artistic flair and love of fibre arts to her granddaughter, Branda. Many hours were spent happily stitching on the screen porch at the cabin while keeping an eye on the hummingbirds and her many flowers and plants.
From a young age, Mom had a passion for “The Roaring Game” and passed that love onto her grandson, Scott. She is a past president of the Ladies Curling Club and spent countless hours on the ice. She skipped many teams to bonspiel and league championships.
Once her days on the ice were behind her, Mom loved to watch curling on TV. She always called the right shot.
Please join us as we celebrate Mom's life on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Legion. Light refreshments will be served.
A private family interment will take place.
In memoriam donations can be made to a charity of your choice.