Surrounded by family, Shirley passed away peacefully at the farm on June 30, 2014 at the age of 84. The precious and loved wife of Fraser A. Young for over 62 years, Shirley was the mother of five much loved daughters of whom Shirley often said “They are our finest accomplishment, our beloved daughters”: Elizabeth (Alastair) Thompson, Sarnia; Dr. M. Christine Young (Sue Lawson), Toronto; Katherine (David) Scott, Laskay, Ontario; Caroline (Tom) Worthy, Kingston, Ontario; and Rebecca (Mike) Stratford, Athens, Greece. Shirley was “Grandma” to twelve precious grandchildren: Gordon Thompson, Kenneth Thompson, Dr. Caroline Scott, Ian Scott, Katherine Scott, Lauren Scott, Hayley Scott, Tara Worthy, Tanis Worthy, MacKenzie Worthy, Darby Stratford and Addison Stratford. Shirley is survived by her brother Jim (Wendy) McLarty, Penetanguishene, Ontario and predeceased by her sister Lorna (Laurence) Gorman and brother Gordon (Sue) McLarty Jr., both of Sault Ste Marie. Also many nieces and nephews will miss their “Aunt Shirley”, as will many very special friends. Born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, September 30, 1929, the daughter of the late Gordon McLarty and the late Anne (Lang) McLarty, she was very involved with Youth Leadership and a member of John St. United Church (later re-named John Wesley United Church). She also served for four years on the City Wide Youth Council of Sault Ste Marie. In 1948, Shirley entered the Sarnia General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1951. She returned to Algoma District as an outpost nurse until her marriage to Fraser, a full time, 3rd generation farmer in Sarnia Township, in 1952. Together they built “Glenmore Farms”, along with their girls. Shirley was an active member and Elder Emeritus of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sarnia, and more recently, a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. She was actively involved in the Interdenominational Cursillo movement, and also the Agape Christian retreats for young people. For many years she was a volunteer at Lambton College for the Literacy Program, teaching “English as a Second Language” and a volunteer in the Elementary School System (Confederation Central), working with students in the Gross Motor Program. She was also a volunteer at the Sarnia General Hospital and served on the Parks and Recreation Committee of Sarnia Township. In 1988, she returned to school to re-train and update her nursing. She attended Fanshawe College, London and after completing studies, worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital, London, training to become a Palliative Care Nurse. As part of her Palliative Care training, Shirley was one of two nurses selected to attend an Elizabeth Kubler-Ross seminar in 1989. She focused on Palliative Care nursing, which was very important to her, until 1992. For Shirley, her love of her family, love of farm life, and love of nursing kept her happy and busy. A woman of many talents: an artist, a writer, and a great cook to name a few. All of her life she was guided by the 23rd Psalm, writing in a book she had published for her family entitled “Chum” (the name her father called her): “The 23rd Psalm is my strength and my support”. Friends and family will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice of Sarnia Lambton (stjosephshospice.ca)or The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Ontario Branch(kidney.ca/ontario) (cheques only at the funeral home please). smithfuneralhome.ca
“But I will never leave any of you, for I love you too much. I’m laughing and smiling as I walk along beside you and if you are really still, you can feel my hand in yours or my arm on your shoulder. I could be your own butterfly or morning glory!” – Shirley Young, October 2013
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