Shirley Irene Mae Bruyere (Miner) passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Shirley was born March 12, 1932 in Winnipeg, Man. to the late George and Nellie Miner (Watmore).
She fondly recalled all the good times she had with her parents and brothers and sisters, Stan, Phylis, Marg, and Clarence.
In later years, Shirley and her family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where she met and later married Wallace “Swede” Bruyere. They built their family home together on Couchiching First Nation.
Shirley was an active member of the First Nation, working for the band for numerous years, as well as serving on council and various boards throughout the district. She also was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances, serving as president of both the guild and auxiliary.
Many people will remember all the meals Shirley cooked and served. She loved getting people together to visit and eat.
Her happiest times were with her family gathered around the table laughing and talking.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Wallace (Agnes), Wesley, Keith (Carol), and Chris, and daughters, Colleen (Ted) Beck and Patricia (Doug) Lee; son-in-law, Pat Roach; and daughter-in-law, Laurie Bruyere.
Shirley will be lovingly remembered by all 47 of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she always said there were too many to differentiate.
She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews on both the Bruyere and Miner side.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents, George and Nellie; husband, Wallace “Swede” Bruyere; son, Sanford Bruyere; daughters, Kim Roach and Valerie Lizotte; and grandsons, Patrick Roach Jr., Dave Mainville, and Mike Roach.
She also was predeceased by her brothers, Stan (Pat) and Clarence Miner; sisters, Phylis (Peter) Bedard and Margaret (William) Edenburn; and nieces and nephews too numerous to mention but always remembered.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances, with the Rev. MJ D. Leewis-Kirk, AOJN officiating.
The honourary pallbearers will be all 59 of Shirley’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their spouses.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care (for the Palliative Care Unit) c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone.
It’s part of the Master’s Plan, a step on the road to home.
So when you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.