Deforge, Shirley

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the age of 74. Loving mom to Kevin (Annie) and Daryl. Adoring grandma of Kelsy (Tyler). Cherished daughter of Irene “Nan”. Dear sister of Linda, Barbara, Judy, and Billy, both predeceased. Shirley will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Shirley's greatest love was her family. This was evident as soon as you walked into her apartment and saw the walls and tables filled with pictures of her sons, granddaughter, mother and father, sisters, nieces and nephews and friends from all different stages of her life. Shirley would be the first one to lend a hand to help someone move or drive someone to an appointment. She would give you her last ten dollars if you needed it even if it was all she had. She would babysit anytime and even watched how the Grinch stole Christmas 14 times in a row because her granddaughter loved it and kept asking. The joy she got from the time she spent with her two sons was easily seen by anyone who saw her with her son Daryl and his two dogs Thor and Hella or going for a drive in his car to playing pool with her son Kevin or sitting with him on the couch watching 90-day fiancé holding his hand. She would laugh at Richie’s joke to the point her jaw got sore and loved to sit and talk with Donna about anything. She called both of them her "angels". As painful as the last years have been we to cherish how much closer it brought us together mom. It will take some time to get over the hole it has left in our heart but the memories you left us with will help with that.

A letter from Daryl-Growing up we may have had our ups and downs but knew you were only a phone call away.  I may not have taken the path you would have wanted for me, but you understood and supported me through everything. From our times at camp, to rides in the mustang and getting to know Thor and Hela, we got through everything with a laugh and a smile.  The last few years, as hard as they were, I know they meant more to you than anything. I took care of you the best way I could, and you told me how grateful and proud of me you were for being there.  As painful as the years were, I wouldn't change them for anything because it brought us closer together It will take a while to fill the hole in my heart you left but the memories, we have will help with that. I will love you forever until I see you again. I love you mom! 

A letter from Kevin-Mom. No words could ever say how much I will miss you or how much I love you. The day I was born you held me and smiled and loved me. When I was four and stabbed you with a pen after I was in trouble you held me and loved me. When I was 21 and told you you were going to be a gramma you smiled and loved me. When I moved to Ottawa you were pissed but held me and loved me. Even though we were apart we would talk all the time and you always told me you were proud of me and loved me. During these last years as you fought and suffered to hold on for your family you would hold my hand on the couch and tell me you love me. At the end when it was time for you to go, we held hands and loved together as we had done our whole lives.

We will love you forever until we see you again. XOXO


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