It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rachelle “Shelley” Marie Tighe on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the age of 30. Shelley left this world peacefully under the watchful eyes of her dog, and best friend, Sophie.
Shelley was the loving daughter of Daniel (Lynda) Tighe of Sarnia and Mary (Donald) Fischer of Kincardine, cherished sister of Shannon (Christopher) Gregory of London, step-sisters Krista (Michael) Chicoine, Karen Dennis of Sarnia, Laurie (Dwayne) Raynard of Blyth and step-brother Steven Fischer of Kincardine and treasured granddaughter of Terrence and Elizabeth Tighe of Windsor and step-granddaughter of Robert and Elizabeth Hoover of Sarnia and Hartley Fischer of Listowel. She will be deeply missed by her niece and god-daughter Brielle and nephew Ty, as well as step-nieces and step-nephews Liam, Lauren, Chloe, Nathan, Alexandra, Josh, and Emma. Shelley leaves behind many aunts and uncles including Cary (Gary) Keathley of St. Thomas, Angela (Mark) Buchner of Aurora, Wendy (Jodi) Daechsel of Newmarket, Glenn (Susan) Tighe of Ottawa, Chrissie (Mike) Heil of Corunna, Constance Phillips of Detroit, Timothy Mullins of Toronto, cousins Christopher, Caitlin, Dani Lynn, Robbie, Gregory, Alannah, Kurtis, Eric, Olivia, Ryan, Sean, Ellie, Sara, Tim, Shane, and Spencer, and special family friends Vern Fry and Shirley Johnstone-Hay, and Michael, Joan and Christopher Hill. Shelley’s smile could light up a room and garnered her many friends wherever she went. Shelley is predeceased by her grandparents Maurice and Audrey Mullins of Maidstone and auntie Jane of Maidstone.
Shelley was an honour student at St. Christopher Secondary School in Sarnia and graduated from King’s College University in London. She later returned to Lambton College to become a Registered Practical Nurse. She loved animals and was a strong advocate for animal rights. In her youth, she competed in many equestrian events with her adopted horse “Willie.” Shelley’s passion was caring for those who were least able to care for themselves; the elderly and the very young. In recent months, she loved working at Emily’s House in Toronto, a hospice for children. Shelley will be remembered by hundreds as “Nursie Rachelle” and her tireless work in Calgary with young Hope Koslowski who she now joins in heaven. Shelley will be forever in our hearts.
Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Sunday, June 14, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove, on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society, Emily’s House (Toronto), or Hope’s Garden (London) (cheques only at the funeral home please).
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