Shirley Mayer of Medicine Hat, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the age of 79 years, beloved wife of the late Lionel Mayer. She leaves to cherish her memory three children, Dean (Pam) Mayer, Tim Mayer, and Julie (Marc) Piche; six grandchildren, Steven Mayer, Angela (Chris) Clarke, Kyle Mayer, Shelby (Jesse) Denman, Josianne (Brad) van Middlekoop, and Stephan Piche; four great grandchildren, Oliver Thomas, Elisabeth Amelia, Adalyn Mae, and Elliot Lisette. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Lionel on October 21, 2017, and her parents John and Helen Sulz.
Shirley was born in Medicine Hat but lived on the family farm South of Irvine, Alberta. When she was about 15 years old, lightning struck their farm house and burned it to the ground. They lost everything they had. Shirley stayed at her cousin Clairie’s farm with her parents until she finished grade 9 and10 in Irvine. The family then moved into Medicine Hat and stayed in the family’s Grandparents home on Dominion Street. She finished her schooling in Medicine Hat and worked in a retail store for a short time. When Shirley married Lionel, they moved into a basement suite for a short time, and later moved back into the Sulz Grandparent house on Dominion Street, until they purchased their own house on Braemar Street. That was where they raised their children for most of their childhood. As with many women of the time, Shirley enjoyed being a housewife where she took great care of the children, the house and the yard. Shirley loved her Tiger Hockey having season tickets for the better part of 30 years, until she no longer could navigate the stairs in the Old Arena. Mom was also an early gamer, playing many hours of card games on the first Nintendo Game console!!
The funeral service will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Church officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Special thanks to Julie and all the nursing staff and aid workers at the Haven Care Centre, and the staff of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, 4th floor West for all the care you provided her. In lieu of flowers an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Southern Alberta 340 A Maple Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7L5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Shirley Mayer