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Sanderson, Shirley Ellen (Presley)

Shirley Ellen (Presley) Sanderson of Consul, Sask. following a brief, courageous battle with cancer died on Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Maple Creek Hospital.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, George (Buck) Sanderson of Consul, her parents Fred and Bessie Presley, sisters Margaret and Cyril Nash, Dorothy and Alfred Nash and nephew Freddie Nash, all of Fort Macleod.
Leaving behind to cherish her memory are her second husband Bill Reynolds, and her four children, Colleen and Jerry Reynolds of Consul, Ivan and Anne Sanderson of Wadena, Bill Sanderson of Debden, and Todd and Debra Sanderson of Consul.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Lacey and Jodi Kucheran of Saskatoon, Tiffany and Dylane Moffat of Kindersley, Andy Reynolds and Brittany Scarrow of Martensville, Levi Sanderson of Wadena, Kayla Sanderson of Lethbridge, Jaide Sanderson of Medicine Hat and Layne Sanderson of Wadena.
Shirley is also survived by one great granddaughter, Brielle Moffat and one great grandson Kayden Kucheran. She has three nieces and one nephew in the Fort Macleod-Lethbridge district, Edith Domier, Carol Marsh, Sherry Harrison and Lloyd Nash as well as four special great nieces and their families, Donna Van Driesten, Darlene Hofer, Deanna Richter and Diane Vandervalk.
Shirley was born on Feb, 25, 1936 in Fort Macleod and raised in the south country. Following high school she attended Olds College where she received her Home Economics diploma and then came home to work for Alberta Telephone Company as an operator.
On June 30, 1956 Shirley married Buck Sanderson and moved to the farm at Consul. She spent the rest of her life as a happy farm wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbour. Her philosophy was to always do her best to meet her family’s needs, share with her friends, and to make her community stronger with a co-operative outlook.
Shirley enjoyed cooking and baking, especially buns, breads, and pies. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting in particular, crocheting and knitting. Her garden and yard held a special place of nurturing as well. Sports were important to Shirley as it taught competitiveness in a fair forum, softball in her younger years, all her children’s many sports, and curling throughout her entire life.
Although cancer took her life, it was her faith that helped her through this with dignity and grace.
A celebration of her life was held in the Consul Community Hall on May 16 with Eleanor Bowie from the United Church officiating. She was assisted by nephews Darcy Sanderson and Brent Rempel to bring forth wonderful words of remembrance from family and friends. The special music was by family friend, soloist Sherry Burt of Taber. Nephew Ric Swihart gave the words of remembrance at the interment service.
Interment followed in the family plot at the Consul cemetery with Binkelys Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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