In loving memory of our mother, Shirley Ann Bruyere (Labott), who passed away on December 20, 2022. She was the devoted wife of Rudolph Elmer Bruyere Sr. and matriarch of seven boys; Curtis, Timothy Sr., George, Barry, Rudy Jr., Cory and Sandy. Shirley will be deeply missed by all the lives she has touched on Couchiching First Nation and beyond with her kind and gentle way of being.

Our mother was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her own. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity and never let anything keep her down.

Growing up, Shirley was essentially an orphan early on in life and was fostered by Dot and Deedee Lyons of Thunder Bay. Shirley attended and survived the residential school system, attending the St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School near Couchiching First Nation. Upon aging out of the residential school system Shirley was united in marriage to her lifelong partner Rudolph Bruyere Sr. on June 19, 1965, and they went on to raise seven sons over the course of their marriage.

Shirley, aka Labott, Shirl, Gramma Shirley, lived for others, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would spend endless summer days and nights jumping around on the trampoline, playing diddy-diddy, midnight swimming, playing tennis, camping, fishing, and horsing around with all of her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley was a kid at heart and could easily adjust her sense of being to whatever age group she found herself in and always seemed to be able to create a fun environment for those who would frequent her home on Couchiching First Nation. Shirley loved to find the humour in any situation and had a laugh that was contagious and memorable and will be remembered by all who have come to know and share a laugh or two with her throughout her life.

Shirley is survived by her only sibling and sister, Leona Atatise of Lac La Croix, Ontario; sister-in-law and best friend Shirley Sollen (Charlie) of Fort Erie, Ontario; sisters-in-law Karen Chaboyer and Lila Bruyere; brother-in-law Larry Bruyere (Eileen); her sons Curtis (Glenda), George, Barry, Rudy Jr., Cory (Renee) and Sandy (Dianna); grandchildren Fawn, Cassandra, Courtney, Trustin, Jett, Camden, Timothy Jr., Sharise, Cody, Galan, Katie, Reanna, Forrest, Makayla, Mackenzie, Aubrey, Griffin, Deacon, Lynden, Rebecca, Ashlyn, Caelynn, Dakota, Kailyn, Anthony, Chloe, Magoo, Kaara, Augie; and numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents Billie Labott and Dorothy Ottertail; husband Rudolph Bruyere Sr.; son Timothy Bruyere Sr.; nephew Preston Atitise; grandson Gilbert Mainville; and great-granddaughter Sapphire Rose Bruyere-Morrisseau.

A wake was held Tuesday, December 27, 2022, from 6 p.m. at the Couchiching Multi-Use Facility, Couchiching First Nation.

A traditional burial service was held Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Couchiching Multi-Use Facility, with Elder Gilbert Smith conducting the ceremony.

Interment will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery on Couchiching First Nation.

Pallbearers were Curtis Bruyere, George Bruyere, Barry Bruyere, Rudy Bruyere Jr., Cory Bruyere, Sandy Bruyere, Forrest Scott, John Scott, Galan Mainville, Lynden Bruyere, Camden Bruyere, Timothy Bruyere Jr., Cody Bruyere.

Honorary pallbearers were Leona Atatise, Shirley Sollen, Ted Atatise, Curtis Atatise, Courtney Spade, Rebecca Bruyere, Arlene Bruyere and Venus Bruyere.

Labott, you will always be in our hearts and we will never forget you. We love you to the moon and back, FOREVER AND……EVER!!!

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home Ltd.