Shirley Jean Jeffery (Deforest)

Shirley Jean Jeffery (Deforest)

Passed on January 22, 2021

Shirley Jean Jeffery (Deforest), also lovingly known as Big Shirl, Queenie, Shirley, Mom, Nana, Aunt Shirley and Sis. On January 22, 2021 @ 3:26 PM, Mom passed away peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mom is predeceased by her husband Ron, many siblings, in-laws, nephews and nieces.

She will be remembered and missed by her family Rick (Carmen), Joe (Marlo), Charlie (Janet), Kim (Bob), Sandi (Elgin). Grandchildren Mark, Andrew, Lindsey, Ian and Great Grandson Cohen. Mom also leaves her loving Sisters-in-law Brenda (Leslie) and Peggy (Jim) along with numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.

Mom was born in Tisdale Saskatchewan in 1936, youngest of 12 siblings. Later the family relocated to Port Alberni BC where she met her husband Ron Jeffery, and they started a family of their own. In 1964 they moved back to Woodlands, Manitoba where they became part of a loving community and established the Jeffery homestead.

Mom was known to have a generous heart and there was always room for one more to love. There was always room at the table for one more plate, a warm place for the weary to lay their head, a kind ear, impromptu canasta games, and a fresh pot of coffee brewing. Through all of this she became Mom and Aunt Shirley to many. Her Grandchildren, the loves of her life, remember the countless songs Mom used to sing to them. Mom could be heard singing from the kitchen as she worked tirelessly baking, preparing meals, and caring for others. Mom instilled strong family values as well as her appreciation of music. As the family grew older and moved on with their own families; Mom made sure that we were all together for Sunday dinners, family gatherings and our many holiday celebrations.

She was truly loved by all and especially the caregivers at Poseidon Care Center. Many of the staff shared their special stories and memories, during Mom’s last days with us. Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Poseidon Care Center for their loving care of Mom.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Poseidon Care Center in memory of Shirley Jeffery.

Mom’s smile was infectious, she had a mischievous twinkle in her eye and her spirit was like no other. Not even her battle with Alzheimer’s could stifle Mom’s enduring spirit. One of Mom’s favorite songs in which she sang often was ‘In the Garden by Loretta Lynn’. This song will be forever cherished by the people Mom loved. Every time this song is heard, or is thought about; Mom we know you are with us!


SHIRLEY Although I only had a chance to see you a handful of times. I will remember your kind eyes and smile. Your quick witt and spunkiness I will treasure for a lifetime. I know that in your journey now, you are with your loved ones and doing the things you loved to do. Your love of your family and friends will feel you are around them forever. For their love for you will never go away. You will be missed deeply but never forgotten. RIP Shirley Thanks for the memories you shared with us. Much love Karen and Paul


Condolences to this wonderful family Rick is our brother in law and we know Shirley was so loved by Rick and Carmen and the entire family we we feel privileged to know. Great values in this strong family from their strong mother. May she Rest In Peace. Love and prayers coming your way😇Robert and Maureen Robertson

Maureen and Robert Robertson

So sorry about Shirley. I only knew her very late in her life, but her spirit and spunk always shone through. Her journey was so similar to that of my own mother, including her favorite hymn that I felt it quite deeply. Some residents touch your heart, some touch your soul. I am better for knowing her...she gave me much more than I to her. Rest well...maybe sing a duet with my mom...gone but never forgotten!


Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I will always have fond memories of the Jeffery family. Bless you..

Alice Morrison

Queenside will always be a big part of my family, myself growing up, spending weekends and holidays in the country, and as an adult with children of my own. Spent many hours listening to her stories and sharing laughter... always in our hearts and our memories....

Joy McGregor Carter

Loved spending time with all of you as a kid. Summer holidays usually included a road trip across the prairies. Stopping to see the Jeffrey's . Vancouver Island - Woodlands Manitoba.

Kathy Todsen

Hi it’s Goldy. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. We had great times back in the day! Big Shirl was one of a kind. Hope you are all well. Love Goldy

Goldy McKee Dyson

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