Shirley Grady

Obituary of Shirley Vivian Grady


It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Shirley Grady at the F.W. Green Home in Cranbrook on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the age of 80. Shirley fought Alzheimer's courageously and showed love to family, friends and caregivers despite all she faced.


Shirley is survived by her husband of 62 years, Vaughan; daughter Melanie (Doug); their children Brooklyn (Jordan) and Mackenzie; Dale's children Nicolas (Denielle); great-granddaughter Brixley; Kyla and great-grandsons Ethan and Carson. She is also survived by sisters Donna (Wes) Murray, Nina (Ricky) Lightburn, sister-in-law Diane Pennington, and many special nieces and nephews. Shirley is predeceased by her son Dale, sister Laurel, brothers Orville, Larry and Michael, and parents Olive (Mowrey) and Gordon Hyggen.


 Shirley Vivian Hyggen was born in Kinistino, Saskatchewan, on August 20, 1942, and lived there until she was 8. The family moved to Elko and then to Galloway. Shirley met Vaughan and moved to Elko when they married in 1960. In 1969 they moved to Cranbrook with Dale and Melanie in tow. Shirley loved her family. She treasured her grandchildren and would be there for any special event, big or small. Shirley enjoyed road trips back to Saskatchewan and visiting relatives with her sister Donna - she loved family. Shirley was an incredibly kind woman; she was considerate and giving and gave everyone the time of day, regardless if it was a stranger in the mall or someone she dearly loved. Over the years, she worked at the Post Office in Shoppers Drug Mart, Suzanne's, and Clouston Chalmers Jewellers. Her favourite part of working was the people she met. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, cooking, baking, gardening and her camping community at Oestrich RV Ranch on Lake Koocanusa. Shirley loved animals and enjoyed spoiling her and Vaughan's dogs, Tasha, Meesha and Oreo. A special thank you to mom's sister Donna Murray, our angel here on earth, and brother-in-law Spencer Clark who, without fail, visited mom every Friday possible in the Green Home. Thank you, Annette Uphill, who was always there for mom before and after this horrible disease started. Thank you, Dad’s sister Diane Pennington who has been a huge support for dad and I along this journey. A celebration of life will be held over the summer. Details to follow. A huge thank you to the staff at the F.W. Green home. Words will never be able to express the gratitude we have for you all and the care you gave mom. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of BC.

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