RUSSELL, Shirley Joan (nee McGuffin)

After a long battle with pneumonia, Shirley Joan Russell age 79, died at Brampton Civic Hospital on February 9, 2015 in the presence of family.

Born May 9, 1935 in Toronto she lived in Brampton for 49 years and worked for the Peel District School Board until retiring in 1998. Throughout her life, Shirley was a loving and loyal friend, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and nana.

Survivors include William Allen Russell (Lori), Janet Lynn Leonard (Marc), Paul Albert Russell (Veronica). She will be missed dearly by grandchildren Scott, Beverley, Allen, Wayne, Amanda, Jeanette, Soibhan, Brittany and great grandchildren Hannah, Sydney, Dustin, William and Taylor.

Shirley was preceded in death by William Beverley Russell (husband) and Doreen Getz (sister).

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on February 28, 2015 at North Bramalea United Church, 363 Howden Boulevard, Brampton.

5 replies
  1. Carol and Rob Johnson
    Carol and Rob Johnson says:

    In case you don’t remember me, I’m Carol Smitherman, Fran and Stan’s daughter (Married name Johnson). We were so sorry to hear of Shirley’s death and wanted to send our condolences to all her family. We often would see Shirley in Alliston and had some good talks with her. We will be thinking of you in your time of grief.

    Carol and Rob and Family

  2. Eleanor Elliott
    Eleanor Elliott says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. My condolences to the Russell family.

    Shirley and Bill made me feel like part of the family. I remember Christmas Eve’s at the apartment (with Shirley’s meatballs!) and summer days at the trailer. Thank you, Shirley, for many happy memories. I hope you’re reunited with Bill, and at peace now.

  3. Amanda Russell
    Amanda Russell says:

    Grandma, a true fighter a one of a kind lady who ment the world too so many, may you rest in peace now sweet angle! We may not have your body with us anymore but we most definitely will always have your spirit! As the days pass by it gets harder and harder to face the fact you won’t be coming home to aunt Jan’s.But now atleast your with grandpa, give him a kiss from us all!!! R.I.P grandma!! I Love You more then you will ever know ♡♥♥♡

  4. Amanda Russell
    Amanda Russell says:

    Grandma, a true fighter a one of a kind lady with a huge heart who ment the world too so many!! May you rest peacfully now. We may have lost your body but we will never lose your spirit! I Love You more then you will ever know!!! Xoxoxoxo

  5. Bev irwin
    Bev irwin says:

    It’s been 3 days since you passed away, and it just keeps getting harder to not have you with us. On Tuesday afternoon I drove to the hospital rather then where I was going, I know you are in a better place and I keep telling myself that. But it’s not any easier. I am so glad that this summer you were able to join the family in Wasaga Beach and then a few weeks later you came with us to Rice Lake. You loved being able to sit by the lake and just look around, not that you were nosey! I hope you are dancing with Grampa. And are now at peace and not in any pain. You fought so hard to stay with us, I will spend the rest of my life making you proud. Love you forever and always. Beverley. RIP gramma (nana)


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