It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Shirley Ann Clifford (nee Larson).
Shirley fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away April 1, 2004 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora, Ont. with her family by her side.
Shirley was born Sept. 3, 1947 in Rainy River, Ont. to Ralph and Alice Larson, and grew up in Bergland, Ont.
While working at Arrowhead Resort in Nestor Falls, Ont., she met her future husband, John Clifford. After a short courtship, they were married Oct. 31, 1965 in Kenora.
The couple moved around for a few years due to John’s employment, then settled in Bergland for 16 years until moving to Kenora in 1987.
Shirley was employed at Pat’s Outboard, then Woodlake Marine, and finally at Degagne Motors until being diagnosed with cancer in December.
She loved the outdoors, gardening, crafts, and spending time with her two grandsons.
Shirley always had a positive outlook on life. The time she spent with family and friends was most precious to her, and she unselfishly put others before herself.
She was always upbeat and strong-willed, and her strength and courage carried her family and friends even in her difficult time.
Shirley was predeceased by her son, Michael; mother, Alice and father, Ralph; and mother- and father-in-law, Eileen and Gilbert Clifford.
She will be sadly missed by her loving husband and best friend of 38 years, John; and son, Shaun, daughter-in-law, Charlene, and grandsons, Charlie and Joshua.
Shirley also is survived by her sisters, Sharon (Gary) Wilson of Rainy River, Ont., Bev Storkson of Fort Frances, Ont., Brand (Mark) Jodoin of Hearst, Ont., Annette (Jon) Rousseau of Ignace, Ont., and Lisa (Wes Boileau) of Fort Frances. Ont.; sister-in-law, Fern (Guy) Setterland of Crofton, B.C.; and brothers-in-law, Terry (Elaine) Clifford of Nestor Falls, Ont. and Hugh Clifford of Sleeman, Ont.
She also will be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Cremation has taken place. At Shirley’s request, there will be no memorial service.
In her memory, family and friends are welcome to attend an informal come-and-go tea on Thursday, April 8, 2004 from 3-6 p.m. at the Ukrainian Hall, 509 4th St. N., Kenora, Ont.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation CT Scanner, 21 Sylvan St. W., Kenora, Ont., P9N 3W7, would be appreciated.