Shirley Pruden, age 79 years, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, November 24th, at Comox Valley Seniors Village in Courtenay.
Shirl was born and raised in Carroll, Manitoba, near Brandon, the only child of Ivy Clara Mae Fowell and Alvin George Eamer, both previously deceased.
At a young age she completed her nurse’s training and for many years, she was a surgical nurse at Miseracordia Hospital in Winnipeg. On her retirement, she and her husband, Harry Pruden (who predeceased her in 2015), moved to Comox, BC.
In Comox, Shirl was a founding member of the Evergreen Choristers, who entertained up and down the valley and in Victoria for the Lieutenant Governor of BC. She was also a founding member of the Comox Valley Clown Club. In 2003, she was baptized and became an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Mormons”).
She had many fond memories of visiting Mormon temples both in Salt Lake City in her childhood with her parents and the Vancouver temple at Langley, BC, later in her life.
Shirl is survived by her son Michael Clarke (Tracey) and grand-daughter Faye, of Courtenay; step-daughter Karen Shirley (Leo) of Langley, BC; step-son Hal Pruden of Ottawa, ON; step-son Glenn Pruden (Laurie) of Hamilton, ON. She had 11 step-grandchildren,13 step-great grandchildren and many extended family members across North America.
The funeral service and celebration of Shirl’s life will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Courtenay Chapel, 1901-20th Street Courtenay, BC, on Friday, December 15th at 1:00 pm.
Family members and close friends are invited to gather at noon for a viewing in the Relief Society Room.