It is with great sorrow that the family of Valli Fairnington announces her sudden passing on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Hamilton, Ont.

Born on July 30, 1951 in Winnipeg, Man., she was adopted by Bronie and Nellie Shybyski and was raised in Rainy River, Ont.

She was united in marriage to Murray Fairnington on Aug. 18, 1967 and they settled in Fort Frances, Ont. to start their family.

Valli was a true “hockey mom.” She followed her boys to every activity and game. Whether it was a school function, hockey, or baseball, she never missed a thing.

As the boys got older, she returned to work. She was employed with various businesses before becoming a corrections officer at the Fort Frances Jail. She was there for 14 years before retiring.

Valli loved spending time with her friends and family, but was her happiest with her “girls.” She loved her granddaughters deeply and never turned down a chance to spend time with them.

She leaves behind her sons, Brad (Brenda) and Mark (Shannon); grandchildren, Kiera, Trista, and Carly; as well as a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Valli was predeceased by her parents, Bronie and Nellie; husband, Murray on June 22, 2012; and in-laws, Matt and Astrid Fairnington.

A visitation will be held Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with Fr. Alan Albo officiating.

The honourary pallbearers will be Plum Byrnes, Diane Graham, Peggy Johnson, Lori Abma, Tammy Crowe, Shawn Eide, and Connie Devall.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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