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Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada


Lillian Irene Hirst, nee Shackleton

November 3, 1927 – March 23, 2019

On Saturday, March 23, at Boyne Lodge with family by her side, Lillian passed away peacefully at the age of 91.  She was pre-deceased by her husband, Jack, (John Miller Hirst) in 2008.

Lillian; mother, grandmother and great-grandmother will be lovingly remembered by her children, Judith (Roger), John (Bev), David (Linda), Dennis (Michele), Pat (Dennis) and Barbara, grandchildren, Jeremy (Dawn), Christian (Courtney), Cale, Matthew, Jessica (Jeff), and Stephanie (Jeff), and great-grandchildren John, Brooke and Finnegan.  Lillian is survived by brother, James Shackleton and brother-in-law Don Wilson, of Kelowna.  Aunt Lil will be missed by her nieces and nephews from Victoria through to Toronto. Lillian was also predeceased by her sisters, Verna Wilson, Leona Holliday, & Beth Snow, brothers-in-law, Bob Holliday, Peter Snow, Ivan McIntosh, and sisters-in-law Nina McIntosh (nee Hirst) and Jean Shackleton.

Lillian was born November 3, 1927, on the farm, near Nut Mountain, Saskatchewan to parents, Emmanuel Vanhorne Shackleton and Hilda Berthine (nee Ellison), both deceased.  After obtaining her Teaching Certificate in 1946 from the Saskatoon Normal School, she began her teaching career in Kelvington, Saskatchewan and later moved to Manitoba to teach in Stephenfield.  

Along with raising six children and helping Jack farm, Lillian taught at Graysville School for the first several years of their marriage and later was active in the community as a substitute teacher, Sunday School teacher, and as a judge at many 4-H public speaking contests.  In 1966, Lillian continued her quest for knowledge by taking some of the first extension courses ever offered over television.  By 1971, with many courses behind her, she returned to teaching full time, accepting positions over the years at Roseisle, Miami, and Elm Creek. She continued to upgrade her certification by taking courses at the University of Manitoba.  When Lillian retired, she remained active in the Retired Teachers Association. 

Lillian was a generous hostess, happily entertaining and preparing incredible meals for all who visited.  She believed in helping others and after retirement, continued to be an active volunteer.  She was a member of the UCW and 4-H leader. With Jack, she drove “meals on wheels” and volunteered at Carman Museum.  Lillian also chauffeured several ladies to church. For fun, she was an avid cribbage and bridge player and for ten years, a bowler.  Jack and Lillian enjoyed travelling, square-dancing, and hosted many card parties with friends.  One of her favorite activities was to meet family or friends for a meal. 

The Hirst family extends our special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Boyne Lodge for their care and compassion for almost 13 years and to the Carman Hospital staff.   Also – thank you to the many friends, family and neighbors who visited her, took her on outings, brought in meals and made her day brighter.

A memorial service celebrating Lillian’s life, will be held on Saturday March 30, 2019 at the Carman United Church at 1:00 PM.  

Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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