Shirley Marian Farnsworth, in her 74th year, passed away peacefully on January 8th, 2019 at home overlooking the Muskoka River, while surrounded by her family.
Predeceased by her parents Harold and Margaret Bradley. Survived by her loving husband Kenneth Farnsworth and sons Brian (Denise) and Greg (Leslie). Proud “Gram” of grandchildren Nick, Madi, Kate and William.
Shirley grew up on a farm in Allensville (south of Huntsville). She graduated teacher’s college in North Bay and taught junior grades in Huntsville for a number of years. She stepped away from full-time teaching to raise her family. She was a devoted and loving mother.
A dedicated member of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary she chaired numerous committees and was president for a number of years. She made many life-long friends and was proud of attaining Provincial Life membership status.
In the summer time her passion was gardening with a green thumb like no other. In the winter the entire family enjoyed downhill skiing as members of Hidden Valley Highlands ski club. Shirley especially enjoyed skiing with friends Sharon and Marlene, although most of their “skiing” was inside the chalet.
Ken and Shirley traveled many miles with their RV visiting the five US National parks including Yellowstone. They also tripped to the Yukon and to Lands End of Homer of Alaska. They enjoyed multiple trips to British Columbia and Vancouver Island, they also traveled East several times to P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Ken and Shirley enjoyed several Cruises including the Panama Canal.
A sincere thank-you to the many friends for their treats and goodies and for just being a friend.
The family would especially like to thank Dr. Stephenson for her dedicated and compassionate care, and to the health professionals that came to our rescue in this difficult time.
Visitation will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Service in the chapel on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1 p.m., visitation will be 1 hour before service time, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary, or the Huntsville Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.
Cremation to follow and Internment at Madill Cemetery at a later date.