It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Shirley Sept of Lethbridge, on October 4, 2023 at the age of 78 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 39 years, Allan; children: Bay Sept of Airdrie and Dennis (Sharla) Sept of Avonlea Saskatchewan; grandchildren: Tia, Leland, Allan Jr., Harley, Michaela, Josh, and brother Richard (Bette) Heller of Cochrane; sister-in-law Sharon Sept and brother-in-law Lawrence Sept; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Ida Heller; sisters Katie, Joyce, Linda and Phyllis; mother and father in-law, Max and Alice Sept and brothers-in-law Stanley, Harvey, Garry and Bernard.
Shirley was born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan and after completing her schooling moved to Eastend, Saskatchewan where she married Gordon Koenig, (divorced). She worked in the hospital for several years as a nursing aid. She later moved to Medicine Hat to work in the Auxiliary Hospital and met Allan, the love of her life. During these years she grew a large garden and loved making pickles and relishes. Her father always said her beet pickles were the best. She was also known for her chocolates that she produced in abundance every holiday. They moved to Lethbridge where she then worked as a nurse at the Haig Clinic. Shirley and Allan loved to travel and spent many holidays in the Caribbean and Ocean Cruising. Upon retirement Allan and Shirley became full time RVer's for eight years spending winters in Yuma and summers in Writing on Stone Provincial Park as camp hosts for nine years. Shirley enjoyed the odd trip to the Casino and one of the highlights was a trip to Cocopah in Arizona. One night in 2015 she hit the Jackpot and walked out with $261,000. more than she walked in with. She normally did well but this was especially so. These retirement years were enjoyed immensely as they made many friends in both countries that are still held dear today. Health reasons caused them to quit being RVer's and settle in Horizon Village in Lethbridge. Here they found many more good friends and spent many "happy hours" visiting and enjoying the community. Health problems in the last years made life difficult for Shirley, her cousin Irene McIntyre and her many friends helped her on her path.
Allan would like to thank the staff at Buffalo Grace for their care and compassion during Shirleys stay.