Shirley Doreen Bestwick

Shirley Doreen Bestwick

Shirley Doreen Bestwick passed away at age 91 on Thursday, July 27, 2017. She endured severe arthritis pain, a myocardial infarction, and a stroke that ended her life. Shirley was born in Vancouver, BC on October 10, 1925. She graduated from Vancouver Technical School and worked for BC Tel as a switchboard operator for a few years before marrying Alexander Anthony, who owned Anthony Electric in Vancouver. She is predeceased by Al Anthony who was killed at age 32. Shirley remarried and her new husband adopted her daughters, Marilyn Crosbie and Barbara Anthony. Shirley also lost her second husband, Bert Bestwick, in a car accident when she was just 42 years old. Shirley then got a job at Sears as a switchboard operator. She never remarried. Shirley was a wonderful cook, a dedicated mother, a talented artist, and a Girl Guide leader during her married life. Her daughters and grandchildren always came first in her life. Shirley moved to Royston in 1989 to be closer to Marilyn and her family in Sointula. Shirley is survived by one brother, Bill Ross, of Vancouver, BC, her daughters, Marilyn and Barbara, nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Shirley had to be admitted to Eagle View in June 2009. She became a Christian believer in her 40s and had faith that helped her to accept her disabilities and later, her impending death. Thanks to all the staff at Eagle View who took very good care of Shirley and enjoyed her sense of humour. Thanks to Dr. Dave Musgrave, who was Shirley’s physician for many years, to Dr. Gee who looked after her at the Views, and to Dr. Susan Hunter who recently cared for Shirley. Shirley did not wish to have a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, she wished for people to contribute to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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