Shirley D Bertoli (nee Noble), 83 years old, left us on Sunday, December 20th at the Royal Inland Hospital after a brief illness.
Shirley was born on March 28, 1932 in Kamloops B.C. to Anne and William Noble. Shirley was the youngest of 5 children and grew up in Birch Island and later moved to Duncan to attend high school, living with her older sister Mildred and her family. Shirley moved back to Kamloops to care for her father, and embarked on a long and rewarding career with the Fish and Wildlife department.
Throughout her life she maintained a positive demeanor and her love of life and nature is reflected in her children and grandchildren, as well as the many nieces and nephews that loved her and followed her on her famous nature walks at Scotch Creek and other places.
Shirley was very proud of her son Mark Bertoli (Donna) and her ‘daughter’ Linda Dawson Reid (Andy) and nothing made her happier than being with her amazing grandchildren; Marisa and Taylor Bertoli, and Dylan Dawson.
Shirley is survived by her son, Mark (Donna), daughter, Linda (Andy) and grandchildren Marisa, Taylor and Dylan, as well as her sister Zelma (Bill) and her brother Bill (Gert) along with numerous nieces, and nephews and wonderful friends. She is predeceased by her brother Bill and Mildred (Stub), and her dear friends Helen and Jim Dawson. Shirley also leaves behind her special family, the ones she loved, laughed with and truly cared for.
Shirley had a real zest for life, she loved to garden, play cards and dance, but what she loved best was being with her family and many friends. Shirley had deep roots in the North Thompson and the Wells Grey area. Shirley had a unique ability to take time and see the true beauty of this world. The smiles and joy of the ones she loved, the new green leaves in the spring, or god’s beautiful display in the colors of the Fall. Shirley was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary. Shirley was the glue of her family. If there was a message she would want to leave behind it would be to be kind and do things for others. Shirley had a passion for visiting and bringing joy and kindness into the lives of many friends and family. It would be truly Shirley to make someone laugh, send a card, and most of all pay it forward.
There will be a celebration of Shirley’s life at Schoening Funeral Service, 513 Seymour St, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 2G8 on Monday. Dec. 28, at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to some of Shirley’s favorite charities: Kamloops Food Bank, Heart and Stroke, United Way, B.C. Cancer Agency.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com