May 27, 1936 – February 15, 2023

With love and sorrow, we would like to share the passing of our Mom, Shirley Hand (nee Maunula), with family, friends and loved ones. She departed from us on February 15, 2023.

Shirley was born into a large family with 9 sibling brothers and 1 sister. Her childhood home was in McKenzie, just east of Port Arthur, which is now known as Shuniah. After completing her grade school education, she continued onto business college and completed a business course to then obtain employment with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool on Lake Superior in her home city.

She met the love of her life while at a country dance and was married to Robert Hand. The nuptials took place on April 14, 1954. Their first child was a son, Terry, followed by 3 daughters, Linda, Kathy and Wendy. Shirley’s life was filled with serving her Lord through LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League), teaching little children in Sunday school and Bible study. She shared her faith with those around her and continued into her senior years.

She was a loving Mom, Grandmother and great-grandmother who taught her family the skills of preserving, baking, cooking and how to pray for your family. Shirley loved to create knitted sweaters for her grandchildren, and blankets and wool socks.

On a family vacation to Kamloops, her husband fell in love with the mountains and in 1972 the family moved to British Columbia. This move brought many blessings to her life as her family grew in numbers with the marriage of her children, along with births of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, those she loved very much. Shirley and Robert traveled across country to share in many celebrations with the family. Weddings of nieces and nephews were not missed.

Shirley was predeceased by her son Terry, her husband Robert, daughter Linda, her parents, and 5 of her brothers. She leaves behind to remember her remaining daughters, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a multitude of family, friends and loved ones.

Shirley’s Celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Saturday,  March 11, 2023 in Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2481 Sunset Drive, Kamloops BC with Rev. Andrew McDonald officiating. Interment for Robert and Shirley will be announced later.

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5 Tributes

  1. Marie Gladue
    Posted February 21, 2023 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I have many fond memories of Aunty Shirley!! When I was young we went out to BC to visit and Aunty Shirley and I had the same shirt made for us, it was blue with flowers. When I was a bit older our family moved to BC and Aunty Shirley and Uncle Robert became a huge part of our lives, making memories at holiday times. I loved going to their house I will miss you Aunty ❤️

  2. Claire Riddell
    Posted February 22, 2023 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Thinking of my family and sending my love to you all, my heart is with you.

  3. Sharon Chitwood
    Posted February 22, 2023 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I have many lovely memories of our very sweet sister-in-law.
    Godspeed Shirley.

    Sharon and Ken Chitwood

  4. Julieanne
    Posted February 22, 2023 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Thinking of you all. xo

  5. Sherry Maunula
    Posted March 12, 2023 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    My deepest condolences to you , Wendy and Kathy and to all of your family. Your Mom was such a wonderful Auntie and God mother to me. I have so many special memories of her and your Dad. Especially the weekends spent in Pritchard before I was married. I loved helping in the kitchen and sitting and listening to stories about Thunder Bay. They always gave me good advice about the Lord and I always felt your Mom’s love when she prayed for me in good times and in bad when she kept me in her prayers. I will miss her hugs and her telling me how much she loved me and how happy she was to see me.

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